Centennial Valley, Montana USA

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Centennial Valley, Montana USA

The cowboys at Ruby Ranch in Southwestern Montana on a break from driving cattle from their winter pastures to summer pastures in the Centennial Valley. Today, very few ranches drive their cattle with horses, instead moving them by truck. The age of the open range is gone, the era of large cattle drives over. Cattle drives are no longer the major economic activity in the American west, when millions of cattle were herded from Texas to railheads in Kansas for shipments to stockyards in Chicago and points east. Ami Vitale/The Stand