KGOU Readers Club: American Dude Ranch
KGOU managing editor Logan Layden interviews author Lynn Downey about the history of dude ranches in the U.S.
As the cowboy way of life faded and the Wild West started to become... not so wild anymore, dude ranching kept the cowboy way of life alive. In part one of the discussion, Downey explores the early history of dude ranches.
In part 2, dude ranching matures into a for-profit business that evolves into a recreational activity.
Part 3 takes us into the modern era of dude ranching and the impact the dude ranch has had on fashion and food, and growing acceptance of minority groups.