Danville Express

Newsfront - April 20, 2007

Trying a hand at branding

Rancher Don Wood shared five brands from the Mission/Rancho Period of California history at the Museum of the San Ramon Valley last Saturday and let each visitor choose a patch of leather or a square of wood to brand. Rancher Barney Robles also brought pieces of hairy cowhide for people to brand that came from a longhorn steer that Hap Magee had given him. George Stegemann and Soto heated up the branding irons over a propane fire and helped folks try their hand at branding. Visitors walked away pleased with their souvenir brands, planning to display them in their homes or give them as gifts.

The current exhibit at the museum, "The Sword and the Cross: 1769-1850," chronicling the arrival of the Spanish in the Valley and the clash with the Indians' ancient culture, ends May 5. Coming May 8-31 is "Out of the Attic: Rare Items from the Museum's Collections." The Museum of the San Ramon Valley is located at the corner of Railroad and Prospect avenues in downtown Danville. Call 837-3750.


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