War Bonnet!

The old steamer trunk has been in the family attic for generations.  The treasure it holds comes out from time to time to be admired and pondered. Who wore it?   What moments in history did the wearer see and experience? What stories are hidden in...

“Come and Get It”

There she stands welcoming all who enter the ranching exhibit at the North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame.  She’s all done up like she would have been back in her heyday when she was perhaps the most important entity in a cowboy’s life on the...

The Legacy of the Horse in the Lives of the Great Plains People

The Great Plains spread in a boundless swath of land across ten states running from Texas through North Dakota and into Canada.  The Northern Plains, including North Dakota, have vast open expanses dominated by short and tall grasses. The climate is one of extremes; cold...

The Western Trail

American cattle drives loom large in our imagination, but in reality they only lasted a short time in our history. The Chisolm Trail is iconic Americana and often what people think of when they envision an old west cattle drive. However, the lesser known Western...

History of the Western Saddle

A good saddle would often cost a month or two of wages. This was money well spent; a well-made saddle would serve its owner well for thirty years or more. A good saddle and a considerate rider could travel 70 miles a day and still...