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July 4, 2013 at 8:00 PM

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Long distance cattle drives endure in Klickitat County


ERIKA SCHULTZ / THE SEATTLE TIMES

At sunrise, rancher Brad Cameron prepares his horses for the second leg of a three-day cattle drive in Centerville, Wash. Cameron has participated in the cattle drive since the age of three.

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Rancher Brad Cameron, Ken Peterson and Richard Reed ride during a recent three-day, 32-mile cattle drive near Centerville, Wash. Cameron Bros. Ranches, comprised of seven family members and one other employee, has operated in Klickitat County since 1903.

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Mel Roberson laughs while driving a support truck during the Cameron Bros. Ranches cattle drive. Mel and his wife Linda woke up at 3 a.m. and traveled 40 minutes from Glenwood, Wash. to drive the support vehicles.

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Clair Christensen, 76, rests after the first day of the Cameron Bros. Ranches cattle drive. The cowboys trailed about 600 cows and calves from High Prairie, Wash. to Warwick, Wash., the site of a one-room school house and former railroad station in Klickitat County.



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Rancher Brad Cameron brings his cattle down from High Prairie, Wash., where they spent the spring grazing. The cattle drive transported about 600 cows and calves.

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Just below the Columbia Hills, Ken Peterson, left, and Dustin Cameron, 28 start out on the second day of the Cameron Bros. Ranches cattle drive. The Columbia River is on the other side of the hills.

ERIKA SCHULTZ / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Rancher Brad Cameron saddles his horse before a recent trail drive in Centerville, Wash.

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Cowboys-- including Clair Christensen, center in white-- prepare to ride in a cattle drive near High Prairie, Wash. Border collies assist the group by herding strays and maneuvering places the cowboys can't travel on horseback.

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Cowboys Richard Reed, from left, and Brad Cameron ride as a postal truck navigates through their cattle drive near High Prairie, Wash. If vehicles met the cattle drive from behind, a rider would lead them through. If the vehicles met the cattle drive from the front, they would stop and the cattle drive would funnel around them.

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Dustin Cameron, 28, left, rides during the Cameron Bros. Ranches cattle drive near Centerville, Wash. The small town in Klickitat County is comprised of a school, grange, church, fire department hall and a few streets of homes.

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Rancher Brad Cameron, from left, and his daughter Lexi Cameron, 18, ride during their family's recent cattle drive. "I think it's fun," said Lexi, known for her fast roping and goat tying. "You get to visit and hear old stories."

ERIKA SCHULTZ / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Cowboys break during the second day of the Cameron Bros. Ranches cattle drive near Centerville, Wash. Over three days, the ranchers transported about 600 cows and calves from High Prairie, Wash. to their summer pastures in the Simcoe Mountains.

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Jess Jones, 24, cleans her nails with her pocket knife during Cameron Bros. Ranches cattle drive near Centerville, Wash. Jones rode a mule during the cattle drive.

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Rancher Brad Cameron, from left, Richard Reed and Rick Jaggers prepare to put ear tags and bells around the necks of the Angus Crossbred cattle, who will roam the Simcoe range until October.

ERIKA SCHULTZ / THE SEATTLE TIMES

About 600 cows and calves move from High Prairie, Wash. to the Simcoe Mountains on a recent Cameron Bros. Ranches cattle drive in Klickitat County.

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Dustin Cameron, 28, center, rests after hours of riding and sorting cattle near Centerville, Wash.

ERIKA SCHULTZ / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Dustin Cameron, 28, ropes during the Cameron Bros. Ranches cattle drive near Centerville, Wash. The small town in Klickitat County is comprised of a school, grange, church, a fire department hall and a few streets of homes.

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