Nottingham-Albertson Ranch – CO. Great Ranches of the West

“Nottingham had traveled from Iowa to the Rocky Mountain valleys with his wife and five small children in 1882. He’d met Ernest Hurd and a third settler near the town of Redcliff, and the three men proposed a ranching partnership. The trio bought 480 acres, brimming with all the excitement and hope that a new business venture in the Wild West brought. But soon tragedy overshadowed the enterprise when the third partner committed suicide. Nottingham and Hurd began Read More …

Bledsoe Ranch – CO. Great Ranches of the West

“As I step outside I’m surprised by the dense morning haze. It reminds me of the thick, wet fog along the California coast in my boyhood town of Santa Cruz. Sounds are muffled. Mist cloaks the trees around the ranch house until they are shrouded like ghostly sentinels. I hike far out into the pasture and position my cameras on a small berm where the herd will pass by. The fog is nearly impenetrable. I hear men yelling Read More …

Nottingham-Albertson Ranch – CO. Great Ranches of the West

“December 20, 1896. Running for his life, the cowboy slipped on frozen mud in the corral. Scrambling to his feet, he sprinted into the barn and shimmied up a latter into the loft. Ernest Hurd’s breath turned to puffs of white in the frigid air as he squinted through gaps between hay bales, gun drawn. Cold sweat tricked between his shoulder blades. Just seconds later, his senior partner, William Nottingham, burst through the barn door. Gunfire split the Read More …

The HSUS Works for Animals and Family Farmers

Our adversaries in industrialized agriculture want to frame the animal protection debate in static, black-and-white terms. They want to position all animal advocates as opponents of farming. They want to be judge and jury when it comes to best practices. They pillory animal advocates, and increasingly all consumers and even food retailers, as unfamiliar with the basics, and even the harsh realities, of agriculture. That’s their fictional representation, just like the false image-making of animals in pastoral or Read More …