Go West Young Man Go West!

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© Lanis Rossi
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"Go West, Young Man, Go West" was an expression first used by John Babsone Lane Soule in the Terre Haute Express in 1851. It appealed to Horace Greeley, who rephrased it slightly in an editorial in the New York Tribune on July 13, 1865

Pictured is the Alabama Hills a "range of hills" and rock formations near the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in the Owens Valley, west of Lone Pine in Inyo County, California.

Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, The Lone Ranger, Hopalong Cassidy and John Wayne just to name a few, lived in these Alabama Hills. At least that is what I thought as a kid, since so many of their movies and television series were shot right there among the rounded rocks at the base of the Sierra Nevada’s sharp east side and at the foot of the tallest peak in the lower 48 states, Mt. Whitney. Yes, in these hills, my western heroes roamed, fought the bad guys and for ever etched a place in American history and found a spot in my heart.

25 responses

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight gave props (18 Feb 2011):

    Iconic, classic, nostalgic -- perfect blend of image and narrative. (Hoppy was featured in a parade I saw in Philly in '54. I'll bet you were there, Lanis.)

  • Al Gieryna

    Al Gieryna gave props (19 Feb 2011):

    Classic photo, just photoshop a stagecoach in for your car and you would be there.

  • Nicole DeVita

    Nicole DeVita gave props (19 Feb 2011):

    Wonderful shot!!! Reminds me of watching old westerns with my dad when I was growing up!!

  • Lanis Rossi

    Lanis Rossi said (19 Feb 2011):

    Thanks Dick for the nice comment and the spotlight!

  • Sue Bowne

    Sue Bowne gave props (20 Feb 2011):

    Great scene!

  • Debrah Leonard

    Debrah Leonard (Deleted) gave props (20 Feb 2011):


  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (21 Feb 2011):


  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (21 Feb 2011):

    Almost perfect! If only you'd parked your horse instead of your car!!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (21 Feb 2011):

    Awesome image! All of the actors you mentioned made great western movies...but I loved the fact that both Roy Rogers and Gene Autry were talented singers also. Happy Trails To You...I loved in the Roy Rogers TV series that he would act in with his wife, Dale Evans.

  • dawn duffield

    dawn duffield gave props (21 Feb 2011):

    This is incredible! Every single aspect of this image is remarkable!!!

  • Shirley Valencia

    Shirley Valencia   said (21 Feb 2011):

    love this, love the history lesson......

  • Nancy Richard

    Nancy Richard gave props (22 Feb 2011):

    Love it, Lanis. This shot really epitomizes what the west means.

  • Nancy Richard

    Nancy Richard gave props (22 Feb 2011):

    P.S. If you guys saw Hopalong, you're certainly older than I am. LOL!

  • Debbie Smartt

    Debbie Smartt   gave props (24 Feb 2011):

    I love the old cowboys! Great shot with the red car!

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (26 Feb 2011):

    What an incredible view!! Wonderful shot and history lesson.

  • Linda Houghton

    Linda Houghton   gave props (8 Mar 2011):

    don't know how I missed this but it is awesome, glad I found it

  • dp *

    dp * gave props (17 Mar 2011):

    Awesome photo, great color and comp.

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (11 Jul 2011):

    so beautiful, Lanis!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (12 Jul 2011):

    Rockin' JPG's Theme Park (in a most moving way).

  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins (Deleted) gave props (14 Jul 2011):

    love this colorful entry. Nice!

  • Shiva Sharifi

    Shiva Sharifi (Deleted) gave props (15 Jul 2011):

    I dig this shot !

  • Carol Arntsen Masiak

    Carol Arntsen Masiak gave props (2 Aug 2011):

    wonderful and congrats on making the JPG blog!

  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins (Deleted) said (2 Aug 2011):


  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (4 Aug 2011):

    Congrats on making the blog!

  • Ricardo W

    Ricardo W gave props (4 Aug 2011):

    Congratulations for your photo "best of the theme" selection !!

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