Photographing the Cowboys of the Waggoner Ranch

Photographer, Jeremy Enlow, of Weatherford, is the mastermind behind the outstanding book, Cowboys of the Waggoner Ranch. (Photo by Jeremy Enlow)

By Jessica Crabtree

What is a photo worth? Can a price be placed on an image, or does it remain priceless? What if a photo captures a piece of living history and preserves it for years so that multiple generations will know it existed? That is the sentiment behind the book, Cowboys of the Waggoner Ranch. The glossy, bound book is comprised of 180 images displaying true Texas history and documenting a way of life.

Photographer, Jeremy Enlow, of Weatherford, is the master-mind behind the outstanding book. Page by page the photos are made up of magnificent colors created by Mother Nature and the individuals who inhabit the Waggoner Ranch, the cowboys. Each presents his own story and ties to the colossal ranch. Some are third and fourth generation; some have been there since graduating high school, while others came home after a stint in the army. Whatever their reason, their living places them as part of the Waggoner Ranch tradition handed down from founder Daniel “Dan” Dale Waggoner to his son W.T. “Tom” Waggoner and every generation of cowboy after. It categorizes them as part of the largest ranch within one fence—at 510,572 acres. It also attaches them to the Waggoner name as Tom became known as the greatest cattleman in Texas and wealthiest man this side of the Mississippi.

Enlow first visited the ranch in April of 2015, expanding his equestrian photos. A photographer by trade, Enlow grew up a newspaper editor’s son and was always around cameras. To read more pick up the April 2016 issue of NTFR.

Jimbo Glover (left), coffee cup in hand, watches to see that everyone is loaded and then leads the long line of vehicles out to the pasture on the Waggoner Ranch.  George Calvin Self rests on the toolbox of the truck. The Waggoner Ranch, located in North Texas, is the largest ranch under one fence in the United States spreading 510,00 acres into six counties. Photographer Jeremy Enlow documented the 26 cowboys who work on the ranch and published a 140 page coffee table hardcover book, Cowboys of the Waggoner Ranch, which was released Nov. 1, 2015. The book is available to purchase at waggonercowboys.com
Jimbo Glover (left), coffee cup in hand, watches to see that everyone is loaded and then leads the long line of vehicles out to the pasture on the Waggoner Ranch. George Calvin Self rests on the toolbox of the truck.
The Waggoner Ranch, located in North Texas, is the largest ranch under one fence in the United States spreading 510,00 acres into six counties.
Photographer Jeremy Enlow documented the 26 cowboys who work on the ranch and published a 140 page coffee table hardcover book, Cowboys of the Waggoner Ranch, which was released Nov. 1, 2015.
The book is available to purchase at waggonercowboys.com
The calvesÕ right ears are marked with a nine underbit with a crop, a mark that is registered along with the Waggoner brand. A nine underbit means the crop is on the bottom, or underside, of the ear, and is curved similar to the back of the number nine. The end of the ear is lopped off straight. The ear crop began to be used in the late 1800s to thwart cattle rustlers who attempted to alter ownersÕ brands and claim the cattle as their own. The crop also helps cowboys identify a cowÕs ownership when they are riding on the wrong side and canÕt see a cowÕs brand. Calves also are given an ear tag they will wear all their lives. The Waggoner Ranch, located in North Texas, is the largest ranch under one fence in the United States spreading 510,00 acres into six counties. Photographer Jeremy Enlow documented the 26 cowboys who work on the ranch and published a 140 page coffee table hardcover book, Cowboys of the Waggoner Ranch, which was released Nov. 1, 2015. The book is available to purchase at waggonercowboys.com
The calvesÕ right ears are marked with a nine underbit with a crop, a mark that is registered along with the Waggoner brand. A nine underbit means the crop is on the bottom, or underside, of the ear, and is curved similar to the back of the number nine. The end of the ear is lopped off straight. The ear crop began to be used in the late 1800s to thwart cattle rustlers who attempted to alter ownersÕ brands and claim the cattle as their own. The crop also helps cowboys identify a cowÕs ownership when they are riding on the wrong side and canÕt see a cowÕs brand. Calves also are given an ear tag they will wear all their lives.
The Waggoner Ranch, located in North Texas, is the largest ranch under one fence in the United States spreading 510,00 acres into six counties.
Photographer Jeremy Enlow documented the 26 cowboys who work on the ranch and published a 140 page coffee table hardcover book, Cowboys of the Waggoner Ranch, which was released Nov. 1, 2015.
The book is available to purchase at waggonercowboys.com
The Waggoner D is applied to the right hip with the round part facing the calfÕs rear. The reversed triple D is the registered brand, but one D is sufficient for branding. The Waggoner Ranch, located in North Texas, is the largest ranch under one fence in the United States spreading 510,00 acres into six counties. Photographer Jeremy Enlow documented the 26 cowboys who work on the ranch and published a 140 page coffee table hardcover book, Cowboys of the Waggoner Ranch, which was released Nov. 1, 2015. The book is available to purchase at waggonercowboys.com
The Waggoner D is applied to the right hip with the round part facing the calfÕs rear. The reversed triple D is the registered brand, but one D is sufficient for branding.
The Waggoner Ranch, located in North Texas, is the largest ranch under one fence in the United States spreading 510,00 acres into six counties.
Photographer Jeremy Enlow documented the 26 cowboys who work on the ranch and published a 140 page coffee table hardcover book, Cowboys of the Waggoner Ranch, which was released Nov. 1, 2015.
The book is available to purchase at waggonercowboys.com
The Waggoner Ranch, located in North Texas, is the largest ranch under one fence in the United States spreading 510,00 acres into six counties. Photographer Jeremy Enlow documented the 26 cowboys who work on the ranch and published a 140 page coffee table hardcover book, Cowboys of the Waggoner Ranch, which was released Nov. 1, 2015. The book is available to purchase at waggonercowboys.com
The Waggoner Ranch, located in North Texas, is the largest ranch under one fence in the United States spreading 510,00 acres into six counties.
Photographer Jeremy Enlow documented the 26 cowboys who work on the ranch and published a 140 page coffee table hardcover book, Cowboys of the Waggoner Ranch, which was released Nov. 1, 2015.
The book is available to purchase at waggonercowboys.com