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Talk: Ranching on Rattlesnake – Before Electricity

June 8, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm MDT

Herd of Herefords (and a wrangle horse) eating hay in a Rhoads' Ranch hayfield, December 1956. Rattlesnake Mountain and Rattlesnake Creek in background. MS 089 Jack Richard Photograph Collection, McCracken Research Library. PN.89.110.21160.19

Ranching on Rattlesnake Creek before Electricity

A free talk by Bob Richard

Thursday, June 8, 2023
Noon–1 p.m.

Mooncrest Ranch house in snow on upper Rattlesnake Creek, December 1950. MS 089 Jack Richard Photograph Collection, McCracken Research Library. PN.89.113.21328.14
Mooncrest Ranch house in snow on upper Rattlesnake Creek, December 1950. MS 089 Jack Richard Photograph Collection. PN.89.113.21328.14

Join us for the June presentation of our 2023 “Local Lore with Bob Richard” series of free talks hosted by our McCracken Research Library. Please note that is talk is the second Thursday of the month rather than the third Thursday.

For this illustrated talk Bob shares photographs and stories about the history of ranching on Rattlesnake Creek and Mooncrest Ranch 75–80 years ago, before the benefits of electricity.

With a wealth of knowledge about the Cody and Yellowstone National Park areas, Bob has a lifetime of stories to share with future generations. The “Local Lore with Bob Richard” series continues every other month throughout the year. Most talks take place on the third Thursday of the month, with the exception of June (second Thursday).

The talks in this series are gathered in this YouTube playlist.

Upcoming Local Lore talks

August 17: Buffalo Bill Dam, Shoshone Canyon, Hayden’s Arch
• October 19: Early Day Western Movies, including Rider of the Painted Horse
December 21: History of Pahaska Teepee

Bob Richard
Bob Richard

About the speaker

A lifelong Wyoming resident, Richard’s varied experiences are pure West. He worked at guest ranches, guided horse and hunting trips, ranched, and for 37 years owned and operated Grub Steak Expeditions, personally touring thousands of visitors from around the world through Yellowstone and its ecosystem.

Educated at the Universities of Wyoming, Arizona, and California (Fresno), Richard has served as a teacher and school administrator, a decorated United States Marine Corps pilot in Vietnam, and, for 21 years, helped coordinate American Red Cross service and relief activities in the western United States.

Richard is the author of several books on the Cody and Yellowstone area, as well as his own family’s deep roots in the region. They feature his own photographs and often those of his father Jack Richard and uncle Ned Frost. For information on Bob’s photography and his published books, visit bobrichardphotography.com.


June 8, 2023
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm MDT
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