Big Bend History: Images of a 1939 Roundup near Marfa

These rare images, captured by photographer Russell Lee in May 1939, offer a unique glimpse into the life of cowboys during a roundup near Marfa, Texas. The photographs showcase various aspects of the roundup, including throwing a calf, saddling horses, corralling cattle, and the tanking equipment wagon used by the cowboys. The roundup took place at the Walking X Ranch, which is also featured in the photos. The images were originally captured on nitrate negatives and were later transferred to the United States Office of War Information in 1944. Today, they provide a valuable historical record of a time when cowboys and ranching were an integral part of life in Texas.

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