President Reagan rang this old railroad bell outside the tack barn at about 9 every morning. It signaled to Nancy that he had finished his "Washington homework," so they could take their daily horseback ride together.
After the ride, Nancy would prepare lunch. Then she would ring the bell, summoning Ronnie to take a break from his ranch chores. (Chores is perhaps not the best word -- Reagan cleared brush and built fences for relaxation.)
Photos and text © Gleaves Whitney 2004