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Photograph album of the Cananea Ranch and vicinity, Sonora, Mexico.

Photograph album of the Cananea Ranch and vicinity, Sonora, Mexico.

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Creator: Holmes, Elsie Holmes, William H., cowboy
Date: 1905-1914.
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Description:
Leather binding embossed with the initials "E. H." and a geometric design.
Individual photographic prints are 20.2 x 25.2 cm. and smaller, accompanied by manuscript captions.
Captions inscribed in some negatives.
Abstract:
Photograph album with images attributed to Elsie Holmes and William H. Holmes that document the ranching operations of the Cananea Cattle Company at the Cananea Ranch and the copper mining operations of the Cananea Consolidated Copper Company at Cananea, Sonora, Mexico, primarily 1911-1914. William Cornell Greene, a rancher, mine owner, and investor, had established and operated both of these ventures during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. William Holmes was a ranch foreman at the Cananea Ranch.
Images of ranching activities include cowboys and ranchers riding horses, herding cattle, lassoing livestock, branding steers, eating around a chuck wagon, and competing in rodeos at locations on the Cananea Ranch, including corrals located in Moreta and San Juan, and a ranch house in Nogales. Images of identified cowboys and ranchers include Roy Adams, Arthur Dunbar, Dick Hays, William H. Holmes, Cal Musgrave, Sherman Rinehart, E. T. Strickland, Fred Walker, and Sam Watson, in addition to a division foreman, Donald G. Valentine, and Charles Wright, the corral boss of the Cananea Consolidated Copper Company. Several men and horses are identified in images by their nicknames. Other images depict women wearing cowboy and ranch clothing, and include Elsie Holmes and Midge Burrows, and Miss Hacker of Cornado, Calif. An image shows a man tanning a mountain lion hide.
Views of copper smelting operations for the Cananea Consolidated Copper Company, include images of ore bins, smelters, shops, and railroad yard. Several images show a crowd of Mexican miners awaiting a conference with James S. "Rawhide Jimmy" Douglas, Jr., the general manager of the Cananea Consolidated Copper Company during a strike in April 1913. An additional image shows a group of men that includes Harry Gooding, after installing a steam turbine in the powerhouse at Cananea, ca. 1905.
Images of locations in the city of Cananea include the Hotel Alexandria, Sonora Hotel, and city jail. Images of people in Cananea include a view of men in conversation on a street, with one of the men identified as George Wiswall, general manager of the Cananea Cattle Company, and the other man the revolutionary general, Alvaro Obregón; Thomas Keys driving an automobile; and a studio portrait of a Chinese man, identified as "Lee from the Hotel Alexandria" posed sitting in an automobile.
A series of images relate to the Mexican revolution including images of revolutionary troops, military installations, casualties, and dead federal soldiers at Cananea, Naco and Agua Prieta, Sonora. Several images show machine guns and artillery outside the machine shop of the Cananea Consolidated Copper Company, which Maderista revolutionaries under the command of General Alvaro Obregón had captured from General Pedro Ojeda at Naco, Sonora in April 1913.
Physical Description:
1 album (531 photographic prints) : b&w ; 24.5 x 34.7 cm.
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The use of this image may be subject to the copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) or to site license or other rights management terms and conditions. The person using the image is liable for any infringement.
Curatorial Area: Beinecke Library
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High Resolution (image/tiff)
Object ID: 10171005
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