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While on the winter range, the sheep wagon was the herder's residence. The wagon provided substantial shelter against inclement weather and could be moved about the relatively flat desert country with horses or, in more recent years, the pickup truck. The origins of the sheep wagon are obscure, but it's shape was suggestive of the prairie schooner that transported the belongings of the settlers from the Eastern and Midwestern United States to the American West. Outfitted with a bunk, stove and insulation, you could say these were the first mobile homes!
On the summer range, the herder lived in the teepee tent, a form probably descended from those used by the 49ers in the California gold rush. The teepee tent was made of heavy canvas and was more substantial than most recreational tents. It's high dome afforded the herder the luxury to stand up while inside, a true comfort considering that it was his home for months at a time. The teepee tent easily shed water and could be transported on the back of a pack animal. Every few days, the herder moved his camp in search of fresh pasture for his band of sheep.
This photo was taken right after a thunderstorm passed by, the sun managed to pop out just for a few minutes to give me some great lighting just before sunset. Reno, Nevada
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June 29th, 2013
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