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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 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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