Mule Skinners by Rhonda Strickland


Small (20.6" x 16.4")

Available to buy on…

Features: 8 & Views: 522 as of 10-28-12 See original photo below

This is dedicated to those who keep the memory of the old West alive.
Mule Skinners and Freight Wagons
In American History

The mule skinner was a professional individual sometimes called a teamster whose sole purpose was to keep his wagon pulled by mules, under control and moving. The mule skinner actually rode one of the mules and guided the entire team with a single rein which was called a jerk line. An experienced mule skinner knew the personality of every one of his mules and could make them into a magical running machine whereas an inexperienced teamster found them to be obstinate and stubbornSpeed was of essential importance out in the west and the mules could pull wagons at 2 miles per hour. A team of oxen usually pulled at about 2 1/2 miles per hour. General stores would specify mule teams to carry their freight of food and other perishable items. The draw back to mules were that their grain had to be hauled with them, the Indians would steal mules to ride them and mule meat tasted terrible according to the teamstersDuring the 1800’s the mule was in constant demand for civilian and military freighting. Not only were the mules better foragers, they kept better footing in treacherous terrain then the horses. A pair of mules could cost anywhere from two to four hundred dollars during this time period. Of all the mules, the ones from Missouri were the most prized and the reputation continues even todayMules were also used to pull the stagecoaches on the western end of the stage run, but the men were still referred to as stagecoach driversThe most famous mule teams were the Death Valley twenty mule teams that hauled borax across the desert to the railroad. Each team actually had 18 mules and 2 horses as the wheelers.

Sept 27, 11 California Love

Sept 27, 11 Artist Universe

Sept 25, 11 Cowboy / Cowgirl Art

Sept. 23, 11 Artistic Assignments
Sept 23, 11 High Quality Images

Aug 26, 11 The Wild West Show

Aug 14, 11 Dynamic Auto Painter

Link credit for info

Facebook | ZAZZLE | Deviant Art | Blog | BlueCanvas | Flickr
Twitter @ronilou55 | FineArtAmerica | RestLeSs Designs

Permission to use given by Joanne Salazar: This digital painting was created from a photograph shot by Joanne Salazar from the Anza Days 4th of July Parade 2011, Anza, California, USA. Edited with her permission. In the photo is her husband (on the horse), Michael Lewis & Terri Ellison.
Info on the coach: 75 year old guy there in Anza spent 8 years building this coach in his back yard and Mike Lewis had the privilege of pulling it for the first time in 2011.
Technicals: PSCS2, DAP, Fractalius, Wacom tablet. Sold 3 prints to Michael Lewis.
Original photo:

As of 10-28-12
Comments: 88
Favorites: 15
Views: 522
8 Features

Hello, I am Rhonda aka RestLeSsD & I am a graphic & web designer. My main media is Photoshop & Dreamweaver. I create 3D art & images using Fractals from Incendia & Apophysis. I use these in my creations formed in PS. I also use Picture Window Pro and Paint Shop Pro.
I am also a poet & I have been writing since I was about 10 years old. Since being here on the Bubble I have fulfilled my goal of illustrating my poetry & writing as well as writing new works…

View Full Profile


  • billfox256
    billfox256about 3 years ago

    This is a excellent creation!!!! Wonderful work!!!! Bill

  • Thanks so much Bill :o)

    – Rhonda Strickland

  • Vitta
    Vittaabout 3 years ago


  • Thanks so much Vitta :o)

    – Rhonda Strickland

  • Shiva77
    Shiva77about 3 years ago

    great work

  • Thank you :o)

    – Rhonda Strickland

  • Tammera
    Tammeraabout 3 years ago


  • Thank you Tammera… it was fun to make it look more real for my friends. They really enjoyed it.

    – Rhonda Strickland

  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkeabout 3 years ago

    Beautiful work. Superbly done.

  • What a nice thing to say, thank you Bunny…

    – Rhonda Strickland

  • David's Photoshop
    David's Photoshopabout 3 years ago

    Nice work Rhonda.

    David xx

  • Thank you David (sorry for the late reply)
    I appreciate your visit… :o)

    – Rhonda Strickland

  • RicIanH
    RicIanHabout 3 years ago

    Stunning effect and fascinating information

  • Thank you Rich.. I never knew about this until I found it for this image. I found it interesting & glad you did too.
    (sorry for the late reply)
    I appreciate your visit… :o)

    – Rhonda Strickland

  • Kelvin Hughes
    Kelvin Hughesabout 3 years ago

    Excellent Rhonda, thanks for showing ther original too, really shows how much work you have put into it

  • Thank you Kelvin, the owner of the mules was very happy with this & even bought a few different sizes of this image which was nice. (not from RB).
    (sorry for the late reply) .. :o)

    – Rhonda Strickland

  • Elaine Teague
    Elaine Teagueabout 3 years ago

  • Elaine, I was here this morning & thought I had replied but alas I got sidetracked looking at the other beautiful features!!!

    – Rhonda Strickland

  • RicIanH
    RicIanHabout 3 years ago

    Congratulations on being featured

  • Thank you Richard, It’s always wonderful to be appreciated….

    – Rhonda Strickland

desktop tablet-landscape content-width tablet-portrait workstream-4-across phone-landscape phone-portrait