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Cowboys eating dinner at the Irwin Brothers’ chuck wagon near Ashland, Kansas.  Steele is best known for his 1890s photographs of open-range cowboys in the southwestern plains.

Cowboys eating dinner at the Irwin Brothers’ chuck wagon near Ashland, Kansas.  Steele is best known for his 1890s photographs of open-range cowboys in the southwestern plains.

Cleaning up after a day’s work, these cowboys near present-day Liberal share a water hole with one of the horses.

Cleaning up after a day’s work, these cowboys near present-day Liberal share a water hole with one of the horses.

This rare nighttime photograph shows cowboys at the changing of night guard on a cattle drive from the Three Block Ranch in New Mexico to Sterling, Kansas.

This rare nighttime photograph shows cowboys at the changing of night guard on a cattle drive from the Three Block Ranch in New Mexico to Sterling, Kansas.

Con Jackson (who won the bronc riding contest at the Cattlemen’s Convention in Wichita in 1901) earmarking a yearling while Lee Larrabee applies the branding iron, near Arkalon in Seward County.

Con Jackson (who won the bronc riding contest at the Cattlemen’s Convention in Wichita in 1901) earmarking a yearling while Lee Larrabee applies the branding iron, near Arkalon in Seward County.