Joya Real "Dude" Ranch
Posted on 01 May 2012
The "Dude Ranch" began popping up in American culture in the late 19th century, because of the rise in romanticism in the American West.
Everyone secretly wanted to be a cowboy like they saw up on the big screen and read in dime novels. The lure of the cattle drive, fighting wild Indians, and riding a pony into a beautiful sunset was cemented in the minds of adults as wells as kids in post WWI America.Â Industrious landowners in Texas, Arizona and other western states,Â beckoned Eastern tourists to guest ranches to enjoy the amenities, breath in the fresh country air, but more importantly to get a chance to play the role of the "cowboy" they had always dreamed of.
. .. Some of the larger dude ranches were almost like small towns. Taxidermy shops, saloons, tiny grocery stores, and cabins lined a main road and guests usually fished, road horses, hiked, or hunted before meeting up at mealtimes in the kitchen cabin to eat family style with everyone staying at the ranch. As the ranches grew in popularity, they became less primal and more of an escape for the wealthiest of Americans with lavish guesthouses and coursed out meals.