Ft Robinson Nebraska to Salina Kansas

Day 3 Rambling:  Below are scenes from a beautiful morning spent at Ft Robinson State Park and Chadron State Park in Northwest Nebraska:

SONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSC The scenery at Ft Robinson is as wonderful as the people. Plains full of antelope rolling hills, buttes, hidden canyons, and clear blue lakes. Buffalo and long horn cattle roam the open range.

SONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSCTexas Longhorn cattle are impressive. Tough looking even without the big horns. Those were men back in the day who drove herds numbering in the hundreds over 1000 miles up from Texas to Montana. Ft Robinson sits along the Texas Cattle Trail where so many passed by and a few never returned. The last pic of the monument is the grave site of First LT. Levi Robinson who gave his life during the Indian Wars. Since his portrait hung in the room where I stayed that night I thought it only fitting he gives us all a reminder that freedom isn’t free. Take a moment to thank a vet and pray for our servicemen and women.

SONY DSC SONY DSC View from the top of the ridgeline at Chadron State Park looking toward the black hills. Ft Robinson and Chadron are 2 of the nicest state parks I have visited! I loved the carving of the cross inside the heart shaped piece of wood. A great reminder it wasn’t nails that held Christ to the cross but His love for us.  Pay a visit to these 2 state parks. Both feature beautiful scenery, wildlife viewing, hiking and at Ft Chadron their our wagon rides and many fun activities if you have kids along and what a great opportunity to combine a lesson in history and natural beauty.

SONY DSCThe Platte River Nebraska! Following the Platte River takes you back in time. Along the Platte were branches of the Oregon, Mormon, Pony Express, and Texas Cattle Drive Trail. It is as if the whole history, myth, and legends of the west have been brought together in one place. Read any fiction or non fiction accounts of the old west and the rivers of Nebraska are found there. The Platte, the Canadian, The Broad French.  SONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSC Above are pictures representative of so many of the small towns of Nebraska and Kansas. I don’t know how old the buildings in the 1st pic are but we can guess by how long ago you could get a coke of 5 cents. It was taken in Boyse Nebraska. The last 2 were taken in Herndon Kansas just a few miles south of the Nebraska line. It was one of those moments of odd serendipidity I love to find on my travels. The town shares my last name and the name of the church is Immanuel Baptist which shares the name of the church I am a member of in Havre Montana. How cool is that.

SONY DSC This picture was taken in southern Nebraska but I thought it was a picture that symbolized the importance of farming to Kansas/Nebraska, the USA, and the World. The Great Plains are truly the breadbasket of the World.

And last but not least a picture of the teepee I stayed in on the Saline River (another river of history think of all the history those waters have seen flow by) It was so awesome to think of a boy born in Florida who finds himself in the wild and wonderful land of Montana for so long and then one day camping under the stars in a teepee in Kansas. It was like being transported back in time, a moment one remembers as breathless, historic, and timeless.


Roamin the Back Country

Saturday was sort of like the plot for Gilligan’s Island, it was supposed to be a 3 hour tour lol but I just kept thinking oh I’ll go a little farther and 7 1/2 hours later I pulled into home. I was just going to drive out to Judith Landing on the Missouri River so I’ll make the first set of pictures the route from Big Sandy Montana down into the Upper Missouri Breaks at Judith Landing. The first are some farm scenes from along the route. This is known as Judith Basin country a large string of valleys and plains between several different mountain ranges. The two ranges seen in these photos are the Bear’s Paw and the Highwood Mountains. Its harvest time for wheat and hay.

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Next are some scenes as you descend from the high plains down into the Missouri Breaks the canyons and ravines carved by the Mighty Missouri River. Judith Landing and the surrounding area have a lot of history. It was a meeting spot for Blackfeet and Gros Ventres native peoples, Lewis & Clark camped there as well. Below is a picture of one of many pioneer little houses on the prairie and an abandoned schoolhouse near Iliad Montana.

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Heading down into the breaks.

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Some info on the history of the area and some more pioneer buildings. You may have to click on the sign pics to make them big enough to read but its easier on me than retyping all that info lol.

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The Missouri River at Judith Landing, a popular canoe, float drop off and pick up point.

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The view from Clangon Hill 3900 feet heading up the other side to the top of the rims and some of the views on the next section of the drive from Judith Landing through Winifred. Haha anytime you see this type of sign you know you are on a great road for adventure.

The first pic is from the top of the hill looking down at the Judith Landing bridge and the Missouri far below. The mountains in the background are the Bear’s Paw…the mountains in the background of the other scene are the Judith Mountains. A few shots are from the little town of Winifred Montana founded in 1913 I will be back through there hopefully before the weather turns because the other route out of Winifred you can cross the Missouri on a ferry which I think would be cool. I like the old pioneer log cabin in these shots, it was a fancy one multiple rooms and two brick chimneys.

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The next shots is a scene with the Judith Mountains in t he background another area of Montana I want to explore more. There are shots of the square Butte Montana, the actual butte is a lacolith a dome of lava that welled up from its source Volcano some 25 miles away but never erupted. The town of Square Butte has a nice little restaurant the Square Butte country club which has great food and friendly people. The route I followed from Lewistown to Ft Benton through Square Butte and Geraldine was along the old Arrow Creek Stage line which was advertised as a pleasant 13 hour daylight stage coach trip 🙂 It takes an hour or so by car now lol. The school and jail you will see are in square butte the school was built in 1918 the jail in 1915.

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The picture on the right above is Square Butte on the left is a scene of the Judith Mountains.

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Great Northern Rodeo 2013 wimpy people need not apply

Had an awesome time at the Great Northern Rodeo at the fair in Havre Montana:

Opening Ceremony:

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Bareback Bronc Riding: tough sport tough men rough rides.

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Barrel Racing: the speed power and grace of the horses and riders is amazing:

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Juniors Barrel Racing: the skill of these young riders is awesome

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Calf Roping: the horses ability to go from run to stop and to back up to keep the rope taunt was very cool to watch.

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Steer Wrestling: To dive off a horse going flat out to tackle that steer impressive.

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Team Roping: a lot of coordination and teamwork to make this successful

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Shots from around the rodeo:

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Random Shots

Just a few random shots from an outing on Sunday.

First my plum tree is in bloom yes!



Next are some shots from the River Break Outfitters and Book Store in Ft. Benton the store has a little bit of everything!

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This cat and me have the same idea for a good way to spend a Sunday afternoon.



Horses in the window lol



“Yup Kitty Cat” I agree I don’t call 911 either



horsin around lol





Next is a cool picture of a door and a handy idea if you don’t have real windows why you can just paint them on.

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And last but certainly not least an old stern wheel steamboat, in the middle of a field, not something you see everyday for sure!


Preserving the Past

Within this post are some of my favorite shots which are also available on my web store. zazzle.com/shadowriverphoto  I don’t try push my family and friends into buying my photo artwork and I consider my WordPress followers part of my extended network of friends but I am working very hard to bring awareness to the  need to preserve the history of the American West. The old west pioneers and the native american cultures are a period unique in our history and really unique to the world. Most of my pictures are done in small towns are deep in the back country which don’t see a lot of visitors and yet have so many stories of our shared history that are being lost to time, the elements, and development. In these tough economic times with limited budgets most of the preservation dollars go into sites that bring in the tourist dollars and never reach the smaller towns and communities. Just this past year a bank built in 1913 and one of the origional log cabins in Ft Benton Montana were lost to fire. As these buildings are lost and the children and grandchildren pass the stories, the history of these places becomes lost to all us of. I work as a patient representative to pay my bills so my sales from the web store allow me to travel, take the photographs, meet with newspaper representatives and preservation societies and local communities to help promote, preserve, and protect these places.

The web store offers Canvas Prints, Framed Prints, and Posters to fit any budget and decor. You can also take the prints and create your own postcards with your own text (less than 2 dollars) and create unique products like kindle or Ipad covers. Like I said I am not pushing my Word Press friends to buy the products although if  you want to well Yippee but if you no someone who is looking for photo art from the American West or who wants to help preserve history send to the blog or directly to the web store. From the blog you can follow the link in this post or go to the order prints page and click on the link there. If there is a photo in my blogs that you are interested in that do not appear in the store (I am constantly updating) let me know I can usually have it posted in the store for sale withing 48 hours.

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Early 1900s 1 room schoolhouse at Loma, Montana

Early 1900s 1 room schoolhouse at Loma, Montana

The Next Generation

Native Dancer Chippewa Cree

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