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.