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Category: Scatterin’ the Drive

by Curtis Fort

A Pine Tree Range

When I drove that U-Haul truck up to the old log house a couple of miles out of Lindrith, it was near midnight, the 8th of September, 1984. It was my new camp. I had loaded that truck the night before and a good part of the day at Bosque Farms, and was plenty tired. So, I got my cowpuncher bedroll rolled out on the porch, and the last I remember was the owl, and then it was getting light. I had to get that truck unloaded and back to Albuquerque to save extra fees.… Read the rest

 

by Curtis Fort

A Cowboy’s Hat

While camped at Bosque Farms, I would drift down to Carrizozo and help Larry at the Question Mark or at the Long Ranch, northwest of Bingham, where Larry had some mother cows. One time Larry called and said Duncan Majors had sent word for Tye and I to come help brand at the Monte Prieto. He said they were going to gather the southwest pasture, called the Gaines. Larry said Carl Lane was coming also, and would bring us some Question Mark horses.… Read the rest

 

by Curtis Fort

A Camp On The Rio Grande

As the summer went on we kept prowling for the last yearlings, and had cleaned them out. They were going to winter another set of cattle and it would be a couple of months before they started receiving stock. I knew I needed to get back to doing some sculpture, but I’ll always remember the long days a horseback, with good hombres at the Orndorff.

So I changed ranges to Bosque Farms and worked on my art.… Read the rest

 

by Curtis Fort

1980 Working the Orndorff

We helped our neighbors, as they did us. Dewey Brown and Rusty McCorkle, sure enough good hands, were on the old Bursom Ranch to the South. The Monte Prieto (meaning black hills) joined us on the East, and was run by a good man who became a good friend, Duncan Majors. He loved the ranch life, was tall, thin, soft spoken, and had friendly grey eyes with a spark. Duncan was a man of his word, a man to ride the river with!… Read the rest

 

by Curtis Fort

Christmas 1979 at the Orndorff Ranch

IWe made it to the Wilson trap on the west side of Orndorff Ranch the first night, with those big, fresh-weaned calves. It was pretty touchy when we left that trap at the Long Ranch that morning, but everyone really made a hand and they were handling pretty good when we got to Wilson Trap. The next morning we made a good drag on the trap and it was a good part of the day getting them over to East Well, as we were always holding them up to keep them from getting too hot.… Read the rest

 

by Curtis Fort

It was good to have a camp at the Question Mark all those months. On one of our trips to help neighbors, we helped Jim Patterson who ran the Orndorff outfit twenty miles north of Bingham, NM. There was a little post office at Bingham, and Mrs. Wrye was the “post lady”. She and her husband had a ranch a few miles north on the road to the Orndorff. The Orndorff was a sand and cedar range, a long way from anywhere. Socorro was thirty miles to the west, and Carrizozo, thirty miles to the east.… Read the rest

 

by Curtis Fort

Orndorff Ranch, Fall 1979

It was good to have a camp at the Question Mark all those months. On one of our trips to help neighbors, we helped Jim Patterson who ran the Orndorff outfit twenty miles north of Bingham, NM. There was a little post office at Bingham, and Mrs. Wrye was the “post lady”. She and her husband had a ranch a few miles north on the road to the Orndorff. The Orndorff was a sand and cedar range, a long way from anywhere.… Read the rest