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.