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The Final Day Of the 1979 Fall Roundup on the Ninety-Six Ranch
October 7, 1979

On the Ninety-Six Ranch in Nevada, cowboys are known as buckaroos. At roundup time on the cattle ranch, a buckaroo's day starts at 5:30 in the morning, and on October 7, 1979, the last day of that year's fall roundup, the morning was no different.

After breakfast, the buckaroos rode the range, gathering up the last of the cattle that had been grazing over the summer in the Santa Rosa Mountains. Unlike the cattle drives you may have seen in the movies, these buckaroos did not have to sleep on the ground with only a blanket of stars to keep them warm.

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VIDEO CREDIT: Stewart, Leslie, William Smock and Carl Fleischhauer. “Roundup: Gathering the Herd,” 4 February 1979. Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division, Library of Congress. Call Number NV9-VT1.