LAKE LUZERNE Two Warren County cowgirls — one from Lake Luzerne and one from Stony Creek — will spend part of their summer this year documenting the rich history of dude ranches in Warren County.
The Ranches, Rodeos and Wranglers History Day, set for 1-8 p.m. Sunday, July 28, was Pam Morin’s idea, and it is a collaboration with Stony Creek Historian Cindy Cameron, a cowgirl and barrel racer who married Bill Cameron, who worked the ranches and rodeos and is still in the business shoeing horses.
“We’re married to cowboys,” said Pam, who grew up in the village of Lake George. “We just found that it was time to recognize them, honor them, do a rewind, put this all in place. People have been giving us armfuls of wonderful photos taken in the ’40s and ’50s.”
The towns of Lake Luzerne and Stony Creek supplied funds to help promote the first-ever Ranches, Rodeos and Wranglers Days on July 26-28 at the Painted Pony Rodeo, 703 Howe Road, Lake Luzerne.
Starting in the 1920s, dude ranches began popping up in the southeastern Adirondacks, mainly in Warren County. The heyday of the Adirondack dude ranch was in the 1950s, and some families are keeping that tradition alive by operating ranches and rodeos today for the traveling public.
The Morins’ daughter, Warrensburg Central School graduate Shana, married Painted Pony owner Shawn Graham, who bought the establishment in 2001 from owner Jack McQue.
During the History Day, people will be able to hear dude ranch tales from the people who have worked in the industry. Morin and Cameron will be scanning photos and recording interviews with people who have worked in Warren County’s dude ranch industry.
For more information about the Ranches, Rodeos and Wranglers History Day, call the Painted Pony Rodeo at (518) 696-7184.