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Dan McKaig holding bridle of saddled horse Smutt, Custer Trail Ranch near Medora, N.D.
Dan McKaig holding bridle of saddled horse Smutt, Custer Trail Ranch near Medora, N.D.
TitleDan McKaig holding bridle of saddled horse Smutt, Custer Trail Ranch near Medora, N.D.
Date of Originalbetween 1883 and 1904
CreatorHall, Richard Cecil
Creator RolePhotographer
DescriptionDan McKaig holds the bridle of horse Smutt on the Custer Trail Ranch. Ranch buildings and the Badlands are visible in the distance.
Ordering Informationhttp://history.nd.gov/archives/whatphotos.html
General SubjectAnimals
People
Rural views
Subject (LCTGM)Ranches
Horses
Bridles
Personal NameMcKaig, Dan
Smutt (Horse)
Organization NameCuster Trail Ranch (N.D.)
LocationMedora (N.D.)
Badlands (N.D.)
Decade1880-1889
1890-1899
1900-1909
Item Number00286-23B
Format of OriginalPhotographic prints
NotesTitle created by staff.
Biography/HistoryHoward Eaton left Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and moved west to the Dakota Badlands, first to hunt, and then to ranch. He founded the Custer Trail Ranch four miles south of Medora, so named because George Armstrong Custer had camped nearby on his way to the Battle of the Little Bighorn. Eaton's brothers Alden and Howard arrived in 1881 and 1882. In addition to cattle, the Eatons maintained sheep and horses. A severe winter in 1886-87 culled the cattle operation. Friends of the Eatons had long stayed at the ranch for hunting, and in 1882 they began charging for a dude ranch experience. In 1904 the Eatons moved their ranching operations to Wolf, Wyoming. Parts of the ranch were sold to Bill McCarty and other individuals from the Medora area.
Repository InstitutionState Historical Society of North Dakota
Repository CollectionEaton Brothers Photograph Collection 00286
Credit LineState Historical Society of North Dakota (00286-23B)
Rights ManagementCopyright status unknown.
Digital IDsh0028623B
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