Horse No. 28
Medium: Archival Pigment Print
I photographed this mare and her filly on a ranch in Montana's aptly-named Paradise Valley. I photographed this vintage wallpaper in the Virginian Hotel in Medicine Bow, Wyoming. Now listed on the National Historic Register, The Virginian was completed in 1911 and boasts over 30 guest rooms within its three and a half stories. The building was at the time the largest structure between Denver and Salt Lake City and was built of concrete blocks containing sand drawn from the Medicine Bow River. It was named after the famous 1902 novel, also titled "The Virginian", which was set in Medicine Bow and is credited as being the first Western adventure novel, paving the way for the revered genre which still flourishes today. This wallpaper is original to the early 1900s and the hotel itself has changed little since then. It still serves as a restaurant, watering hole, and gathering hub for locals and a unique place to stay for those traveling through Wyoming's wide and vast Carbon County.