|Brantley talking with Linda|
When Linda and I met with the owner of one of the campgrounds, he told us about a little known tour in the area. Brantley Baird owns Rock Art Ranch in a remote area outside of Holbrook. On his ranch is one of the largest and finest stands of Anasazi petroglyphs in the world. He doesn't advertise except for the paper tri-fold flier that was at the campground. Brantley has been on the ranch since 1945 and even though he's in his 80's, it's still a working ranch.
There is a huge barn that holds the museum artifacts, as well as a lot of farming memorabilia. He has several display cases filled with pots and pottery that he has found on the ranch. He said he'll just be driving along after a rain storm or windstorm and he'll see the bottom of the pot sticking out of the ground. He found his first pot in 1948 and here's a picture of his find.
After looking at all of the pottery, arrow heads, guns, jewelry, etc. we went outside to look at some of the out buildings. He has the last bunk house from the Hash Knife Cattle Company, which at one time had 60,000 cattle over a massive area of land, without any fences. Cowboys tended to this herd and when they brought the herd to the area where they would be sold (near the railroad), that is where there were a bunch of these bunk houses. The rest of the time, that they were out on the range, they got their food from the chuckwagon (he had one of those too) and lived and slept on the prairie. The
bunk house is dedicated to Brantley's wife's grandfather who was a cowboy with the company. Linda noticed when she read the notice here, that the family name is "Bryant", which is my mom's maiden name.
|Last Hash Knife Bunkhouse|
One we got to the canyon, Brantley left us to wander around and stay as long as we wanted. He gave us a key to the gate and left us to explore on our own.
The whole experience was really neat. It's amazing to see ancient artifacts and wonder about the people who used them, what their life was like and see how they lived. For anyone coming to the Holbrook area, I would strongly urge you to check out Rock Art Canyon and meet Brantley !