Photos That Start With The Letter Dust
Once upon a time in Nevada…
a bunch of cowboys roped some big calves in the dust. It totally sucked, but it was also really awesome. Here are a few snaps of what it looked like.
Knott Creek Ranch, like many ranches in the Great Basin region
, was homesteaded in the late 1800’s by Basque settlers
. Located about two hours northwest of Winnemucca in Denio, Nevada,
Knott Creek Ranch is pretty much the middle of nowhere.
Local folklore claims that in the early 1900’s outlaws hid out in the unassuming Pine Forest Range that runs from Winnemucca to Denio. You wouldn’t know it driving through the sage brush desert of northern Nevada, but behind the 7,000+ ft. peaks lie high desert pine forests and surprising mountain lakes.
At one point in the mid-20th century, Knott Creek was one of a several ranches owned and operated by Simplot.
These photos were taken at Cove Creek, 16 miles from Knott Creek headquarters. Today’s run down corrals and buildings of Cove Creek functioned as a line camp during the days when the property was part of Simplot’s 6,000+ head cattle operation.
From Hackamore to Half-Breed: A progression of training levels.
When the ag-giant sold off the individual properties circa 1975, Winnemucca resident, Richard Drake, purchased the property.
The brand changed hands again when the current owners bought the property in 2014. Kim Summers, along with long time partner Chris Nelson, were brought on by the new owners to improve the historic ranch.
Under the new management they grew the cattle operation from 300 head to over 1,000 in the first year. Within two years, Knott Creek increased the farm production from approximately 300 acres of flood ground to just over 1,500 acres of pivot irrigated ground.
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At one point, it became so dusty that you couldn’t even see if your rope caught heels. A person just had to throw down and hope it came up tight.
If cowboys were also stand-up comics they would be this guy.
The next year they watered the trap a little better. 🙂
Special thanks to Penny Summers for lending her Nikon camera!