Images by Dane Coolidge were some of the first photographs in Western Horseman to depict ranch scenes and cowboys at work.

VaqueroLingo

This photograph, taken in 1914 by Dane Coolidge, appeared in the March/April 1938 issue of Western Horseman. According to the Arizona Historical Foundation, the cowboy pictured is Red Cochran of Texas.

The photographer provided a caption that read: “Mexican vaquero cutting a cow and her calf out of the herd on the La Osa Round Up, in the Baboquivari Valley, Arizona. These are Sonora cattle, just brought across the Line from Mexico, where a Revolution is going on. The grass is high now and there is a promise of more rain, but the following year a prolonged drouth set in which turned the country into a desert. Most of the wells dried up, nearly all the cattle died, and now the wide valley is all under wire and growing up to brush. It can hardly be recognized as the grassy plain which supported so many thousand cows in 1914.”

The photo accompanied a regular article series titled “Vaquero Lingo,” written by Don Alfredo. The series began in 1936 and informed readers about ranching traditions, methods, and the origin of cowboy terms such as remuda, reata, jaquima and armitas. Western Horseman often published comments from readers about “Vaquero Lingo.”

Coolidge provided many more photos printed in Western Horseman for the next few years. The photographer’s work is now on display at Arizona State University. The cousin of President Calvin Coolidge, he spent months following roundups. Coolidge also wrote books, articles and worked as a naturalist. For more information, visit ahfweb.org.

 

 

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