June 1, 2012

Hess Ranch Doors

Today’s image of the Hess ranch is a simple detail shot of one of the out buildings. As a photographer/artist, sometimes I just look for patterns and shapes. In this case, I think these shapes help to paint a picture of the ranch as a whole.

I have become intrigued with the story of this ranch, as relayed by the descendants of Patrick Walsh who purchased the ranch in the early 20th century.

Patrick Walsh was an Irish immigrant, “born in Bantry Bay ( 1844 ) whose first American job was carrying law books upstairs for a New York Lawyer.  The lure of gold and silver attracted him to the west and he ended up in the boom camp of Eureka, Nevada about 1869.  When the mining boom started to fade, he turned to cattle ranching.

“After working for his half brother, “Cornelius W. Crowley” for a time, Patrick bought him out and from a simple “Home Ranch” soon increased his holdings in both cattle and sheep.  At it’s height the Walsh Ranch extended for more than 20 miles along the Reese River with a value at the time of more than $500,000 dollars.”  From the Walsh Family Website.

I think part of the reason I am fascinated with the story stems from the similarities in family origin and lore. My maternal grandfather, John Richardson emigrated to the States with his mother in the early 1900’s. Family folklore tells my family that John and his mother originally had plans (and tickets) to travel on the Titanic’s maiden (and only) voyage in 1912. But for some reason, they couldn’t make the trip on that ill-fated ship. Of course, there is no proof.

Bea (Walsh) Bible told me via email that there are similar stories in their family.

You don’t suppose the Irish are prone to spinning yarns, do you?

BTW. As with any of my images, you can click on it for a larger view.



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  1. Great shot, Bob. I’ve been enjoying this series from NV, and I love shots of doors. Please keep the good stuff coming!