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Launch Event Nov 1st in Granbury, TX

The Cowboys of the Waggoner Ranch book is featured in today’s issue of the Hood County News in Granbury, TX.

The book’s official launch party and book signing will be Sunday, November 1st from noon to 3 pm at Farina’s Winery & Cafe on the Historic Downtown Granbury Square.  The event is open to the public and will be on the patio.  In the event of rain, the event will be held inside Farina’s.

Pre-orders to begin shipping next week.

202 N. Houston Street
Granbury, Texas 76048
817-579-5300

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The Cross on the Wall

The cross hanging on the wall in the cook shack isn’t a decoration.  There was no slick preaching or theological discussions going on across the lunch table to prove it, but the values of the cowboys are easy to see.

Waggoner Ranch Manager Weldon Hawley, foreground, is always the last to get his plate for lunch.  He waits at the cook shack, sometimes an hour or so, until all the cowboys, children, and ranch workers come in for lunch and all fill their plates buffet style. When the last person is finished making their plate, only then will Weldon get his lunch and return to his seat at the head of the table to enjoy the home cooked meal.

Corporations spend a lot of time and money working to figure out how to foster a positive and productive working environment.   Maybe all they need to do is look up at the wall every now and then.

 

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Golden Sunrise

Waggoner Cowboy Josh Rodriquez prepares his horse to round up cattle on the ranch.  The sunrise/sunset colors on the ranch are amazing due to little pollution in the air and a crisp sky.

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Cowboy Randy Barnett

Randy Barnett has been a cowboy on the Waggoner Ranch for a good part of the last decade.

“I grew up cowboying,” Randy said.

“My dad’s a cowboy. I’ve been here nine years. They really take good care of us.”

The cowboys don’t take many breaks.  When they do, it usually involves coffee or cigarettes with little words spoken.

Waggoner cowboys are provided with houses, insurance, a retirement plan, utilities, and beef, in addition to drawing a paycheck.

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Morning Commute

Cowboys on the Waggoner Ranch trailer their saddled horses to the area they will be working each day.  Sometimes the ride from “Cow Camp” lasts only 15 minutes.  Sometimes it can take up to two hours to reach the day’s work location on the 510,572 acre ranch.  Most of the ride is on dirt roads, driving less than 30 mph.  Plenty of Texas wildlife is visible during the morning drive including deer, turkey, hogs, coyotes, and jackrabbits.

 

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Portraits

Portraits of the cowboys are sprinkled throughout the book.

“Ranch Manager Weldon Hawley started at the bottom at the Waggoner Ranch in 1972, living in the bunkhouse. His father, Charley Hawley, cowboyed there. After serving in Vietnam, Weldon came back to the Waggoner Ranch “because it’s home.” In 2005, Weldon was presented the Top Hand Award at the 25th Annual North Texas Rehab Ranch Roundup.

Except for short stints at the 6666 and Triangle ranches, his entire career has been at the Waggoner Ranch.

He has been the ranch manager for 18 years.

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Fort Worth-based Jeremy Enlow was given exclusive access to the cowboys behind the prestigious reversed triple D brand of the Waggoner Ranch, the largest ranch in the United States under one fence.

Enlow is an advertising, media and fine arts photographer based in Fort Worth. More than 36,000 of his images have been published worldwide. Enlow grew up in Granbury, Texas, where his first published photo appeared in the Hood County News when he was 10 years old.

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