Parque Natural Mexiquillo


Buffalo WY

Old town Buffalo has a cornucopia of art. Each block has a half dozen statues on each side of the street.

The King family saddlery legacy began with Don King in 1946. Don coined the Sheridan flower style of leather carving, a detailed and intricate art that helped put King's Saddlery on the map. Today, the Sheridan style has influenced leather workers all over the world. 

In 1949, the call of his previous occupation became too strong, so he bought some acreage and began ranching. With too many irons in the fire, he closed his shop.  In 1959, he received a contract to make the Rodeo Cowboys Association World Championship saddles. He was enthused by being able to make these saddles as nice as he wanted to. He continued making them until 1966. In 1961, Don opened his second shop. Business boomed and soon Don was way behind in his saddle orders. Don worked nights when it was quiet, and pushed all the time. Finally, there came a day in 1968 when one order too many broke the camel’s back.  Don said, “I burned out on saddles twice. I had a 150 orders for me (personally) and I just canceled everything.”  Eventually his sons got involved: Bobby ran the rope department, Bruce worked on the business end of things, John became the head saddle maker.

Over the years, King’s took a lot of trade-ins on new saddles. Some of these old saddles were antiques with a lot of history. Don liked to collect old saddles and other historical items

If it has to do with cowboys and their horses, it's here.

Saddles range from hundreds, to thousands to tens of thousands of dollars

For those who don't like brown/tan ropes

The museum houses over three decades of the King family’s dedication to collecting Western and cowboy memorabilia from all over the world. In addition to the hundreds of saddles that line the walls, the Don King Museum also showcases perfectly preserved wagons, coaches, Indian artifacts, guns, Western tack and original artwork.

There are literally hundreds of antique saddles

Mexican Saddle made in 1870, silver trimmed, 
flower carved, seat trimmed with Jaguar skin.

This cow lived in The Pryor, MT area during the depression of the of the 30's. 
It appear to have lived to be 3 to 4 years old.

One of the last of 3 saddles Don King had started. Tooling completed by 
Bill King. The saddle was then assembled by Link Weaver.

Snow shoes for horses

Gene Autrey's saddle

A modern western theme.

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