Dating from the waning days of the Old West this c. 1905 photograph depicts two men outfitted for a trip into the back country. Possibly hunters or miner/prospectors the men were
photographed in the town of Murray, Idaho which was founded as a mining camp in the northern part of the state in1883. Both men are armed with holstered revolvers and the man on
the right may be seated on an army issued McClellan saddle. The sleeves of his checked “one size fits all” shirt are held up with garters and his flat brimmed and crowned hat is
reminiscent of the classis “Boss of the Plains” style that was so popular in the 1870s and 1880s. The man at the center of the scene wears a vest and white shirt whose sleeves are also
held up by either garters of possibly simple tied cords. He sports a bandana tied around his neck in classic Western style and one of his heavy hobnailed boots is visible in his stirrup
just below their packhorse’s neck. Both men wear short cuffed roper’s gloves. While mentioning their packhorse I should note that this poor animal has got to be one of the sorriest
pieces of horse flesh I have ever seen in a photograph. It looks tired and worn out almost beyond belief. The photograph is by photographer George E. Burton who was born in
February 1867 in Wisconsin and was active in Murray, Idaho as a photographer around 1910 and worked variously as a gold miner and boot maker.

Mounted Photograph
7 Inches by 9 Inches
(17.3cm x 22.3cm)
George E. Burton -  Photographer
Murray, Idaho, United States
c. 1910s