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Wyoming leather: An almanac of Wyoming saddle businesses and Wyoming saddlemakers, 1860--1930

Roger C Blomquist, University of Nebraska - Lincoln


After analyzing census records, business directories, secondary writings and personal writings, certain characteristics of Wyoming saddle makers begin to emerge. These are not rigid characteristics, but are fluid through time, meaning that the saddle maker of 1870 was different than in 1930. Throughout the era he was a man on the move, rarely appearing in business directories or census records for long. There was no single person who represented or typified the average saddle maker because even as the country was changing, so was the man. The only constants were that he was a white male who could read and write. Wyoming saddle makers came from many places in the United States and Europe; whenever possible, a biography has been included. Some of these men embraced advanced technology, others not. Some of these men are historically well known, with more information available for them than the majority, but the Wyoming saddle maker of 1870 was a different man than the one of 1930, just as his fellow citizens were different. Immigration and family settlement patterns evolved and this change was reflected in the saddle makers' lives. ^

Subject Area

History, United States

Recommended Citation

Blomquist, Roger C, "Wyoming leather: An almanac of Wyoming saddle businesses and Wyoming saddlemakers, 1860--1930" (2007). ETD collection for University of Nebraska - Lincoln. AAI3275062.