Sunday, January 30, 2011

Camp Senia ...

As much as probably any state, Montana has a long and illustrious dude ranch tradition ... tourists have been coming out here to experience the old west almost since the earliest cowboy days. By the 1920s, there were a number of well-established dude ranches in the state, and it was a profitable summer industry for Montana.

This great old photo was shot in 1928, at a fairly amazing dude ranch called Samp Senia, in the Beartooth Mountains outside of Red Lodge. These were the camp's wranglers, the local guys who dressed up as cowboys and helped visiting easterners experience the Old West. They're an imposing bunch, indeed.


  1. Mark, where did you get this photo? I was wondering if there is any way I can get a copy? My parents own that cabin they're standing next to, and it would make a great Christmas present. Please let me know. Thank you!

  2. Lee, thanks for your note. This scan was given to me by an acquaintance, and unfortunately I don't know where a higher-resolution version can be found. It's apparently part of a series of images taken by a publicity photographer working for the Northern Pacific Railway in 1928.

    Your parents are very lucky -- that's quite a cabin, and Camp Senia is still quite a place!

    1. Thank you for responding! I'll keep looking for it, thanks. Yes, it is quite a place. We love it! Take care!