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k.! 12 I The Lovell Chronicle I May 6 2010 www. LovellChronicle.com OU]P,,TE 8Y P1][O'I~O Ranchers involved in the common corral rebuild were (l-r) Mac Hansen, Ray Snell, Brad Tippetts, Wilford Tippetts, Janet Mickelson, Leon Mickelson, Daniel Asay, Jeremy Dixon, Jeff Bassett, Les Tippetts. Not pictured: Wes Meeker, Matt Bassett, Tim Woods, Will Tillett, Hip Tillett and Delmer Nation. 877-WORK-WYO www.wyomingworkforce.org Employment Services 1026 Blackburn St. #1 Cody, WY 82414 (307) 587-4241 Vocational Rehabilitation Outreach 355 E. 5th Street Lovell. WY 82431 (877) 437,7207 The ~(/yoming Department of Workforce Services BY BRAD DEVEREAUX Long before Big Horn Canyon was a National Rec- reation Area, ranchers were trailing cattle from their winter range around Lovell to their summer range on the Dryhead, a journey that could take several days. A corral area at Layout Creek was used to hold the cattle overnight, giving cattle and cowboys a much-needed break from the dusty trail and a cool drink of water. In 1977, the local Cat- tleman's Association and National Park Service em- ployees moved the common corral from Layout Creek approximately one mile east to its present location. After 33 years of use, the existing wood corral was falling apart -- patched together with pallets and twine - and portions of it were unusable. The NPS re- Tens of thousands of historical photographs, doc- uments, correspondences and maps digitized and now available online. The Papers of William F. Cody launched with editors throughout the U.S. and Europe. New staff, equipment and an updated look. $1.5 million in grants. In four short years, Dr. Kurt Graham has definitely put his stamp on the Buffalo Bill Historical Center. Graham, housel director of the McCracken Research Library and co-director of the Cody Institute for West- ern American Studies at the center, was recently named director of the Church His- tory Museum in Salt Lake City, Utah. The museum is owned and operated by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and is lo- cated adjacent to Temple Square in the heart of Salt Lake City. "This is an opportunity that fell out of the sky. I am, of course, disappointed to leave Cody and the BBHC, but am thrilled to have the chance to make this move," Graham said. "My family and I have loved Cody; it is cently joined 27 volunteers representing 10 local ranch- es to construct a new corral made of steel pipe. The project began Feb. 17, and was completed on March 14. Twenty-seven ranchers, including every rancher who submits a cat- tie-trailing permit to Big Horn Canyon NRA, donat- ed a minimum of 20 hours toward the project. Some gave more than 100 hours of their time over a two- month period, according to the NPS. In total, 620.5 volun- teer hours were contributed by ranchers and 640 hours were contributed by NPS staff for a total of 1,260.5 accident-free hours. The common corrals are used almost daily in the spring and fall, when ranchers are moving cattle through the area to summer a minute of it." Historical Center trust- ee and chairman of the Mc- Cracken Research Library Advisory Board, Wallace Johnson, added, "Dr. Gra- ham is both a capable schol- ar and an outstanding lead- er. His presence will be felt long after he is gone as our research library has fared well under Dr. Graham's leadership and has become truly 'the last word on the West.' He has made a real contribution." Graham conceived of the initial idea for "The Papers of William F. Cody" docu- mentary editing project, "one of the most significant scholarly works in the histo- ry of the center," according to Maryanne Andrus, Direc- tor of Education and Co-di- rector of the Cody Institute for Western American Stud- ies. "He was also the cre- ative force that made it hap- pen. As managing editor, he has assembled a team of editors in the United States and Europe who are produc- ing edited print volumes and a digital archive of Cody-re- lated material. This papers project will literally take or winter range, according to NPS Biological Science Technician Bill Pickett. Pickett wrote a proposal for the project and Superinten- dent Jerry Case eventually approved it for a total cost of $109,000 including mate- rials, labor and equipment maintenance. Pickett said the ranch- ers agreed to perform main- tenance on the corral as needed in the future. The new corral will require far less maintenance than the old corral, he said. In addition to the cor- ral, Bighorn Canyon staff also rebuilt the large hold- ing area that was construct- ed with barbed wire and T- posts, as well as the smaller holding area, which was re- built using steel posts and rails. The holding areas en- close three water facilities, including the new calf-wa- tering trough. Pickett said an added benefit of building the cor- ral was getting to meet all the ranchers who regularly use the corral and getting to know each other while working. The common corral fa- cility is available to the public and is the only place in Big Horn Canyon that visitors Can overnight with their horses. If using the fa- cility, please keep in mind the hours of work that went into improving the corrals and that this is an impor- tant part of the ranching culture at Big Horn Can- yon. Ranchers trailing cat- tle have priority in the use of the corrals. For more information on horse and pack animal regulations, visit the BHC- NRA Website at www.nps. gov]bica. Dr. Kurt Graham (left) receives congratulations from U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyo) for a 2007 federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) grant to capture historic photographs and documents and make them available online. come." Raised. in Cowley, Graham is a graduate of Brigham Young University with a BA in English as well as an MA in American Stud- ies. He received his MA and PhD in History from Brown University in Providence, R.I., where his area of re- search was the role of lower State University at San Ber- nardino, "Kurt's myriad con- tributions to the center in leadership and scholarship have been stunning," An- drus continued. "His vision for extending the reach of the center beyond the walls of the museum will be sorely missed. Under his direction, Powell Office Supply 265 N. Bent P.O. Box 230 Powell, WY 82435 307-754-41 54 Wednesday is Double Print Day -- 2nd set is free! SUNLIGHT lol N. 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