The High Chaparral
Bart Kellogg

From "Quiet Day in Tucson"


Bart Kellogg can only be seen from a perspective of what he isn't. That meaning, it would be easier if you made a list of what he wasn't. Bart was never a ladies' man, although he did show his charm and flashed a brace of bright, white teeth whenever he passed the feminine types on the Tucson boardwalks. He wasn't as regular a visitor as we would have hoped, but when he showed up you couldn't mistake him for anyone else. His voice could shake three years of dust from the rafters of his favorite cantina. He seemed the type to wander into town for the enjoyment of seeing a few folks, belting down a few gallons of red eye, and drifting off. Although he might be compared to a tumbleweed, coming and going as the winds caused him to drift, Bart Kellogg did attach himself to a few special people. One of them was Buck Cannon.

Buck took to the man like someone who might pet a stray dog and then keep a close eye on him, just on the off chance he might lunge. Everyone knew to give the big man a wide berth. Maybe it was his size that filled strangers with caution. He did fill a doorway. When Bart Kellogg made his first appearance into town in the High Chaparral episode called "A Quiet Day in Tucson" he was nothing more than a rawhider, mountain man with more interest in getting a good fistfight in before he got into more serious business - getting stoned drunk. When Buck, Blue and Manolito first confronted the big man, none of them were willing to match him in a drink or a round of fighting. Blue and Mano both cringed under his large hand slapping their backs. Buck was amiable but tried to avoid his request for a knock-em-down-drag-out fight. Once the fight was finished, and Bart had blown off his head of steam, then the real work commenced. Buck and Bart finished off a bottle together. Bart's tag-along brother, Bob, would attest to the fact that big ol' Bart could not hold his liquor. The stuff subdued the man like a warm bottle to a drowsy babe.

There was an uncompromising fairness to Bart Kellogg, something that he expected to see in other people. He stood clear-eyed and a bit cocky. There also seemed to be a playful side to the man. During the Turkey Shoot in "For What We Are About to Receive", there is no mistake that a good friendly competition wouldn't suffer through a bit of teasing, cajoling, and tomfoolery. Once the hombres from High Chaparral saw what the game really was, they couldn't resist trying their own hand at tipping the scales to victory. Bart tried his best to win the bird, but alas he met up with the straight shooting of Manolito Montoya, and smiled in defeat.

Overall, Bart is one of those fellows who would back you in a dangerous situation. And look forward to the face-off. In him, loyalty has no lack. There seemed to be an endearing side to him as well, even gallant, once you pulled all that trail grime from his clothes. It was a quality that Buck was able to see through,  and once recognized, turned him into an asset. If Buck Cannon liked Bart, and Blue and Manolito trusted his carefree loyalty, then he must have been worthy of their trust as well. Too bad he didn't have a permanent place at the ranch. But he had surely carved a place in our hearts as a man that helped add color to the West. (By Rusty LaGrange)

From "For What We Are About to Receive"

See Gene Rutherford as Bart Kellogg in 1.07 A Quiet Day in Tucson, 1.23 The Champion of the Western World, and 2.30 For What We Are About to Receive.

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