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Cowboy Lyle Glass

July 20, 2012
Cowboy Lyle Glass by johnchamilton
Cowboy Lyle Glass, a photo by johnchamilton on Flickr.

If you’ve ever visited Medora, North Dakota, then you know “Cowboy Lyle” Glass. One morning in 2007, I was on a book assignment shooting nearby Theodore Roosevelt National Park. As I walked down a tree-lined street in Medora, I spied Cowboy Lyle sitting on a park bench, waiting to commence his daily ritual of raising Old Glory. Stopped for a chat. Really neat guy. In the Medora Musical’s “Ghost Ride,” he made nearly 3,500 appearances as TR.

This is a (nearly) full-frame version of a photo I’ve posted on Flickr before, which centers on his face. It was recently featured in a new book called “Medora: Boom, Bust, and Resurrection” by Rolf Sletten, a monumental effort by the author (available by the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation, at most bookstores in town, I would imagine). I felt honored to have my photo included in the book.

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