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 Wild Horses of Roosevelt’s Badlands for The Cowboy Chronicle

He’s an old man now – arthritic and without a family band, but Singlefoot, the oldest stallion living in  Roosevelt National Park (TRNP)still roams wild and free where his ancestors did, looking out over grasslands and rolling hills interrupted by dramatic and colorful badlands. The history...

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 Railroad and Settlement in Early North Dakota

As you drive around the prairies and badlands of North Dakota you will find countless ghost towns; old structures abandoned and falling victim to the weather and lack of use and upkeep. The majority of these ghost towns were once thriving railroad towns along a...

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...