Under this heading, we introduce the "driving forces" behind the
concept. Typical of any "western" environment is the use of a nick name.
This nickname is often based upon actual, historical characters. Within
Willow Springs we consequently use this name. If you address us with our
"civil" name (should you know it), we will not respond, neither react...
||Annie Rogers was the girlfriend of Kid Curry (behind every
man stands a strong woman). As is often the case, we do not know very
much about the "historical" Annie Rogers. Within Willow Springs
however, her role is much clearer and much more important. Annie
Rogers (°?) makes sure that visitors get something to eat or drink.
Annie is also one of the "co-brains" of the entire concept. Let me
warn you, however: any good cowboy should know that it is very unwise
to talk back to the cookie!
||Kid Curry (or Harvey Logan) was born in 1865 and became
"famous" as a member of the "Wild Bunch" (the gang most of you know
from the film "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid"). He was born into
a poor family and was raised by his ant, together with his three
younger brothers. Still quite young, he left home and settled as
rancher and independent wrangler. Some "misunderstanding" in a saloon,
drove him to the outlaw trail. Finally he joined the Wild Bunch, where
he was known for his aggressiveness, tough character (he once drove
two hundred miles and back to take revenge for the murder of his
brother) and skills as gunfighter. He committed suicide in 1904. His
resurrection in Willow Springs makes Kid Curry (just call him "Kid")
hang his guns in the willow trees and return to his old occupation:
horses. Since 1968, horses are his life. You will meet him as guide
and organizer of all sorts of activities.
||Tina (°?) is the oldest of the next generation of the ‘Curry
family’. Within Willow Springs she makes herself useful as guide and
wrangler. She has been "horse-bitten" since 1993. In her "spare time"
she takes care of the visitors of the way station.
||Inian was one of the four Lakota "upper-gods". His name means
"pebble, rock" and refers to trust and perseverance. As junior crew
member (°1997), he is still at the beginning of his career. His job is
to entertain the youngsters and introduce them to the secrets of the