Pioneers! O Pioneers!

by Marsha July. 19, 2010 4681 views

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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Pandka 7 years, 3 months ago

Really interesting pictures! I love 2 and 5# especially.

7 years, 3 months ago Edited
Lucinda 7 years, 3 months ago

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

7 years, 3 months ago Edited
Lynn 7 years, 3 months ago

Very very nicely done...SUPER :))

7 years, 3 months ago Edited
Michaå‚ 7 years, 3 months ago

Nice atmosphere. Did you try some walking on stilts also? ;)

7 years, 3 months ago Edited
Jennye 7 years, 3 months ago

Excellent set Marsha!!!

7 years, 3 months ago Edited
Milton Jacob 7 years, 3 months ago

lovely post with nostalgic mood

7 years, 3 months ago Edited
Neil Rosenberger 7 years, 3 months ago

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

7 years, 3 months ago Edited
Huiching 7 years, 3 months ago

Wow. Amazing. ^_^

7 years, 3 months ago Edited
Ines 7 years, 3 months ago

Awesome post, love them all!!!!

7 years, 3 months ago Edited
Péter Somogyvári 7 years, 3 months ago

Excellent work! Perfect compositions and nice moods !

7 years, 3 months ago Edited
Hanna Westesson 7 years, 3 months ago

Beautiful set, very authentic, great editing!

7 years, 3 months ago Edited
Mike 7 years, 3 months ago

Well composed. You did a great processing job.

7 years, 3 months ago Edited
Goolikhash 7 years, 4 months ago

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

7 years, 4 months ago Edited
Sara G 7 years, 4 months ago

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.

7 years, 4 months ago Edited
Jumiella 7 years, 4 months ago

Wow! Great idea! Perfect shots!

7 years, 4 months ago Edited
Ali Reza 7 years, 4 months ago

Nice set.....
Nice words....
Nice set.........
;)

7 years, 4 months ago Edited
Daniel & Lizzy 7 years, 4 months ago

This is amazing set.. it reminds me of "Little House on The Prairie"

7 years, 4 months ago Edited
Ray King 7 years, 4 months ago

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!

7 years, 4 months ago Edited
Nancy 7 years, 4 months ago

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

7 years, 4 months ago Edited
Lynda 7 years, 4 months ago

Love these photos. They were a hardy group.

7 years, 4 months ago Edited
Masoud Ahmadpoor 7 years, 4 months ago

superb! ... western life!

7 years, 4 months ago Edited
Art Bee 7 years, 4 months ago

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!

7 years, 4 months ago Edited
Christa 7 years, 4 months ago

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

7 years, 4 months ago Edited
Ricardo 7 years, 4 months ago

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

7 years, 4 months ago Edited
Paul 7 years, 4 months ago

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

7 years, 4 months ago Edited
Pete 7 years, 4 months ago

stunning photos esp #1

7 years, 4 months ago Edited
Tom 7 years, 4 months ago

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

7 years, 4 months ago Edited
Jarvo Laysell 7 years, 4 months ago

Neat set. I thought for a minute I was watching Little House on the Prairie.

7 years, 4 months ago Edited
Oscar 7 years, 4 months ago

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

7 years, 4 months ago Edited
Brian 7 years, 4 months ago

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

7 years, 4 months ago Edited
Storytaylor 7 years, 4 months ago

wonderful photos. the last one is superb.

7 years, 4 months ago Edited
Jack Castelo Branco 7 years, 4 months ago

Amazing shots...

7 years, 4 months ago Edited
Becky Brannon 7 years, 4 months ago

Such a great post!!

7 years, 4 months ago Edited
Brenda Nelson 7 years, 4 months ago

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.

7 years, 4 months ago Edited
Blu06 7 years, 4 months ago

The pictures have a certain mood. I like them.

7 years, 4 months ago Edited
Michael Sakowicz 7 years, 4 months ago

Fascinating. Thanks for sharing, Marsha. I like the last shot.

7 years, 4 months ago Edited
Kelly Lamaster 7 years, 4 months ago

Lovely set. I really like the last one.

7 years, 4 months ago Edited
Darlene Foster 7 years, 4 months ago

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!

7 years, 4 months ago Edited
Sadhya Rippon 7 years, 4 months ago

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.

7 years, 4 months ago Edited
Pegah & Gelareh 7 years, 4 months ago

welldone.good job!

7 years, 4 months ago Edited
Kaitlyn 7 years, 4 months ago

great set!

7 years, 4 months ago Edited
Goldbrandi 7 years, 4 months ago

Hi!

Fantastic set! :))

7 years, 4 months ago Edited
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