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Frontier Women Elk Mountain, Wyoming â€¢ 1898 Two women wearing â€œbarking ironsâ€ on their hips take a break from a long, dusty day on the ranch to â€œbend an elbow.â€ Carbon County, Wyoming, rich in coal and full of rugged beauty, saw its fair share of lawlessness in the days of the Wild West, with cattle rustlers, train robbers, and outlaws passing through. And while the exploits of such colorful characters as Annie Oakley and Calamity Jane became the stuff of dime novels, women of the Old West generally toiled alongside their male counterparts in the effort to build a new frontier society. Mary Jane Richardson (1841â€“1910), on whose cattle ranch this photograph was taken, was the picture of hardy self-reliance. By her 40s, she had constructed the first irrigation ditch out of the Medicine Bow River; operated a toll bridge, saloon, general store, and railroad â€œeating house;â€ raised three children; and outlived her first two husbands.