On Monday we featured a documentary in the works about Hanna Ranch and the family of the late environmentalist and rancher Kirk Hanna. This children’s book about the young Kirk Hanna by writer Nancy Wood and her then-husband Myron Wood was brought to our attention and we were fortunate enough to get permission from Nancy Wood to reproduce the book in its entirety in this slide show. The book, now out of print, provides a glimpse into the life of “The Durango Kid,” a rather precocious and brave young cowboy, and the ranch south of Fountain where the Hanna family still fights to preserve their way of life.

(You can more easily read the text by clicking the arrows in the lower-right-hand corner for full-screen mode).

All images in the book are copyright Pikes Peak Library District and all text is copyright Nancy Wood.

 

3 Responses to Little Wrangler: Children's Book About Kirk Hanna

  1. Mary says:

    What a great book. So many fancy silly kids books out there. My kids always liked the stories about real people. This would have been a favorite of my brother who also loved cowboys.

  2. B Casados says:

    Years ago, on different occasions, I had the pleasure of meeting both Myron Wood and Kirk Hanna. Great job, Big Something, to find this little local treasure and bring it to our attention. Thanks for giving me the chance to remember those two fine men, and the gifts they gave to our community.

  3. Thanks, Big Something, for two stories on the Hanna Family. Kirk was a 1973 graduate of Fountain Valley School, and Ann Hanna is the current riding director at FVS (both daughters graduated from FVS as well).

    Ann has combined her work on her ranch with teaching young people to ride at FVS for about seven years (leading the team to two national titles). She’s nonstop action and dedication. When an FVS alumni family donated the money for a new indoor riding arena on campus, they named it the “Hanna Family Riding Arena.” The legacy of that family is just incredible; such hard workers and such love for the land.

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