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My grandfather Lee Patterson (left) and his friend Delwin Jackson left their homes in Laredo, Grundy County, Missouri to find work in Wyoming in 1929. They were both eventually employed by a Mr. Armstrong to "break broncs." The trip took a scant "3 days and 2 nights." View full size.