John Eggen “The West That Was”




The West That Was

John Eggen

Much of early Americana has been destroyed 

and lost forever. The negatives from which 

these photographs were made nearly met

the same fate. Had this happened, this 

pictorial record of the cattle industry on 

the open range around the turn of the 

century would have been lost.

These photographs by frontier photographer 

Frank Sherman remained untouched in the attic of his

Lebanon, Oregon Historical  Society in Portland. 

Now at last this treasure of history is available

to the public. The images of cowboy life give

new insights into this romantic period of 

American history.

“…this is a grand book on early day cowboys, 

maybe the best ever published.” 

Sandra Dallas, Denver Post