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ARCHIVED ARTICLES AND RANCH LIFE VIGNETTES

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From this page you can access archived versions of past articles and ranch life episodes that have appeared on my site.  If the description interests you, just click on the title. 

 

ARTICLES:

  The Manifest Destiny of Susan Shelby Magoffin

For many years historians believed Susan Shelby Magoffin was the first "white" woman to cross the Santa Fe Trail into Mexico.  Her journey on the famous trade route in 1846 was also her honeymoon voyage.

 

  Mary Donoho: The Santa Fe Trail's New First Lady

"First White Child Born in New Mexico."  Read how the discovery of this 1885 headline changed common belief about the first American woman to cross the Santa Fe Trail.

 

The Changing Trail

The information for this article came from the diary of Lucinda Wiseman Trieloff Kayser, the grandmother of a family friend.  Lucinda is purported to have been the last woman to have crossed the Santa Fe Trail before the railroad was finished.

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RANCH LIFE:

 

Why a Cowboy Should Sleep With His Boots On

Or, everything you wanted to know about rattlesnakes getting in the house but were afraid to ask. . . .

 

Recycling, Cattle-ranch Style

You didn't know there were so many imaginative uses for baling wire, did you?

 

Magnetic Properties of Open Gates

Livestock can "smell" open gates

 

 

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