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Dude ranching in Yellowstone country; Larry Larom and Valley Ranch, 1915-1969.


Dude ranching in Yellowstone country; Larry Larom and Valley Ranch, 1915-1969.

Kensel, W. Hudson.

The Arthur H. Clark Co.


240 pages




Drawing on Larom's papers, newspaper articles, ranch records, and memories of Wyoming citizens and pioneers, Kensel (emeritus, history, California State U., Fresno) recounts the story of Irving H. "Larry" Larom (1889-1973) and his Wyoming ranch. A Princeton student, Larom rode a stagecoach in Buffalo Bill's Wild West show at Madison Square Garden in 1910 and was then determined to live in the West. He and Brooks Brothers heir and Yale student, Winthrop Brooks, purchased Valley Ranch in 1915, of which he soon became sole owner and manager. He turned it into a major tourist destination on the edge of Yellowstone National Park and a prep school for boys. Larom became a civic leader, conservationist, and founder and president of the Dude Ranchers' Association. An imprint of the U. of Oklahoma Press.

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Date:Feb 1, 2011
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