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R.P. Bean Ranch: c. 1910

R.P. Bean Ranch: c. 1910

The R.P. Bean Ranch, with four cowboys and three horses, near Van Horn, Texas, c. 1910. View full size (Courtesy Portal to Texas History).

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The fourth horse is behind the cowboy on the left.
Remarkable picture.

Thank you

Beth, thank you very much it's a great shot, I am from Philadelphia and we would call that God's country because of its beauty.


R.P. Bean Ranch today

Ron, the land is untouched, though I'm told there are no remnants of the ranch buildings remaining. I drove out there today, unfortunately we've got an uncharacteristically hazy day, and I was unable to get some good shots. Will try again and hopefully can post them here. To tide you over, here's one:

The c.1910 shot was taken atop a small mountain, approximately 10 miles north of Van Horn on Hwy 54 on the way to the Guadalupe Mountains National Park, and about a mile west of the road. From Hwy 54, you can see a dirt road which I suspect is the one in the photo. The ranch is on private land, and not available for view from the 1910 photograph's vantage point. The smaller mountain to the right in the original shot is still there, and hopefully when the sky clears, I can get a better view of that. The prickly pear are blooming now, as you can see! Come see it for yourself!
--Beth Nobles, Regional Coordinator, Texas Mountain Trail


I would like to see this same view today

R.P. Bean Ranch near Van Horn

Glad to see the spectacular scenery. Until I visited the area the first time, I didn't know there were mountains in Texas.

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