photo of Jack Kirby

Kirby School of Cowboying     (YouTube:  )

A locally produced short film, The Kirby School of Cowboying was screened recently in Elko, Nevada as part of the National Cowboy Poetry Festival. The film, produced by San Benito County filmmaker Leslie David, is about local ranching legend, Jack Kirby. Kirby was the extremely humble, vastly knowledgable, and notoriously hard working foreman of the Santa Anita Ranch. Kirby, who never formally retired, held the belief that if he stopped, he would die.  In April of 2012, he died at ninety years old. His work with three generations of the Schwabacher family spanned over 43 years. 

Elko is also the home of the annual National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, and attracts visitors from all over the world. This festival is held each January and is a week-long celebration of life in the rural West and features poetry, music, stories, gear, film, photography, and food.

The film is in the permanent collection of the Western Folklife Center's Deep West Video collection and will be included in the Bolado Park Museum collection.