From Wyoming Tales and TrailsThis Page: C. J. Belden photos continued, the Meeteetse Barbecue, Josh Deane.
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Branding in the corral. John B. Sayles, Henry "Harry" Sayles, Sr., Dan Wilson, and Slim Wright branding a calf.
Roping on the Z Bar T, 1922.
Dude with Rope. Jack Rhodes, Sr. and Lee Wentworth look on. Photo by Charles J. Belden
Horses, photo by Charles J. Belden
Cecil McMillin on bronc at Meeteetse Barbecue. Frank Owens is alongside.
Annually, on Labor Day weekend, Meeteetse throws a rodeo and barbecue.
John W. "Josh" Deane
The barbecue dates back to 1912, when stockman, John W. "Josh" Deane (1857- 1930), decided throw a barbecue. The barbecue has been held ever since with Deane serving as "chief engineer" until his death. Deane received his nickname as a result of his love of telling tall tales. Deane was one of those legendary characters who roamed the west. Born in Philadelphia, he ran away from home. Inspired by thrilling novels of the west, he made his way to Ogallala and trailed cattle for a while. He made his way to Green River and for three years worked as a bullwhacker and range rider. He then worked for the post trader at Fort Washakie and contracted to carry mail from Fort Washakie to Stinking Water. The mail was carried once a month. Later he carried mail to Otto Franc's Pitchfork. In 1887, he settled on Wood River and acted as the postmaster for Sunshine located about nine miles from Meeteetse.
In 1912, Deane moved to Meeteetse where he ran a restuarant. Meeteetse, at the time, because of the presence of the Pitchfork, was one of the leading towns in the Basin. It had three hotels, the Meeteetse House, the Peoples Hotel, and the Wilson Hotel. It also had a number of saloons and three fraternal orders. Later he was elected mayor. Following Deane's death, the barbecue continued under the leadership of William G. "Bill" Feyhl and Charles F. "Charlie" Feyhl. Later the rodeo and barbecue were sponsored by American Legion Post No. 85. More recently, the barbecue has been sponsored by the Meeteetse Cowbelles. Deane is buried west of the rodeo grounds.
The three day event now includes in addition to the rodeo and the barbecue, a cowboy church service at the rodeo grounds south of town, a parade, foot races, and concludes with a "yellow ducky" race on the Greybull. Additionally, in July the town hosts a National Cowboy day with a rodeo and barbecue.
As indicated by the next set of photos, Belden was not limited to Wyoming. His photos from elsewhere are, however, mostly forgotten.
Left, "A doorway in Taos"
Right, "San Fernando Hotel, Taos"
"Homeward Bound from Mountain Pasture."
Following World War II, Belden received several assignments from National Geographic Magazine including assignments to Yugoslavia where he obtained a photo of Tito and an assignment to Bavaria, "Dinkelsbühl Rewards its Children," National Geograhic, 1957.
Next Page, Charles Belden in Florida.