At the Keith Ranch (1893)

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At the Keith Ranch (1893)


Traditional Western (pre-1940)


This short story, published in 1893, focuses on events at a square dance at a Colorado ranch. Although the plot itself is melodramatic, the author includes helpful bits of information about the dancing, including various snippets of calls ( The Girl I Left Behind Me). Mention is made of the "caller-out," a job that rotated among different men. The author writes of "a pause between the two figures of the dance," showing that by this date we had moved away from the three or five figures of the earlier quadrille. Thanks to Fred Feild, who has been researching examples of dance found in early literature; he shares his research at his website.


Anna Fuller

Date Created



Fred Feild

Spatial Coverage

USA, Colorado

Temporal Coverage

19th century - late

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