Pioneers! O Pioneers!

  • Posted July 19, 2010 by Marsha Viewed 4501 times
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Rock Ledge Ranch Living History Museum [rockledgeranch.com]
Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA

COME my tan-faced children,
Follow well in order, get your weapons ready,
Have you your pistols? have you your sharp-edged axes?
Pioneers! O pioneers!

For we cannot tarry here,
We must march my darlings, we must bear the brunt of danger,
We the youthful sinewy races, all the rest on us depend,
Pioneers! O pioneers!

O you youths, Western youths,
So impatient, full of action, full of manly pride and friendship,
Plain I see you Western youths, see you tramping with the foremost,
Pioneers! O pioneers!

First three verses of “Pioneers, O Pioneers!” from Walt Whitman's book of poetry,
Leaves of Grass.

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      2010.08.06 Edited

      Great set. I am very interested in the pioneers, explorers, fur traders, the westward movement.

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      2010.07.26 Edited

      Thank you for the great post and History lesson !! cd

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      2010.07.24 Edited

      nice set dear marsha,i can feel the granddad`s suffer....and can enjoy their affects on today...
      how much the life is great.....tnx 4 sharing

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      2010.07.22 Edited

      Wonderful that they have this tribute to the pioneers! Love #1..her face says it all to me. Hope, trials, what does the future hold? Would love to visit there too.

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      Ray
      2010.07.21 Edited

      Wow. What a mind trip your just instigated! These photos are wonderful and the living museum is a powerful tool. And Whitman's words makes the mundane heroic. Excellent post!

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      2010.07.21 Edited

      Wow...Stunning captures, well done!! Pioneers endured the Rocky Mountains, hardship and much more....#6,#4 and #1:))

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      2010.07.20 Edited

      Wow these are fantastic photos Marsha! Love the look and the atmosphere is wonderful! Pioneers sure faced a lot of challenges in those days. Obviously they met them quite successfully. Great post!

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      2010.07.20 Edited

      This is a precious work Marsha and an excellent tribute for all these brave men and women. Shot 1 and 6 are my favourites.

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      2010.07.20 Edited

      these are truly amazing shots Marsha_!
      I really love the mood and the colors!
      made me remember the pioneers movies!
      super nice!:)

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      2010.07.20 Edited

      Wonderful images...(why is the girl on stilts??) I love the last image....beautiful in sepia.

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      Tom
      2010.07.20 Edited

      What a wonderful set, all the shots look like they are from the period nice captures again

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      2010.07.19 Edited

      Marsha what a [b]FANTASTIC[/b] post!! I love the tones, just amazing!! :)

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      2010.07.19 Edited

      Well done, these look like they could have been taken in a totally different time. Last one is wonderful.

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      2010.07.19 Edited

      Such a wonderful post - and one of my favorite poems ever! The shots are rich with the tinge of history - the last one brought tears to my eyes. The legacy of the pioneer is ours to enjoy - and I enjoyed these images.

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      2010.07.19 Edited

      I did not know that there was a living history museum like this in the Springs. Is it hard to find? I will have to bring my grandchildren when they are a little older. These young people are doing such a great job playing their parts! Great photos of it!

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      2010.07.19 Edited

      These guys were truly inspirational. Its easy to romanticise their lives but what they achieved was really amazing. Love these pictures Marsha. Do you know the date they were taken?
      Thank you for sharing.