Vocational Education: Cowhand School

That hallowed American folk hero, the lean cowboy with six-gun at hip, swinging smoothly into the saddle—somehow he never had to go to school to learn that stuff. Today's cowboy is more likely to shift gears than spur a pony, and the all-round hand who can do something more useful than strum a guitar is getting so scarce that the Federal Government is trying to train up-to-date cowboys in classes.

The Mountain States Ranch School, Inc., stretches over 12,000 acres of six ranches in southeastern Wyoming's rolling Centennial Valley, 20 miles west of Laramie. Snow-capped mountains fringe the sky to...

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