Eaton's Horse Drive Draws Crowd

(Photo by Pat Blair)
(Photo by Pat Blair)
(Photo by Pat Blair)
(Photo by Pat Blair)
(Photo by Pat Blair)
(Photo by Pat Blair)

Sheridan area residents and visitors thronged Fifth Street on Sunday morning to watch Eatons' Ranch horses come through town. The drive is an annual event on the Sunday before Memorial Day, as the horses are moved from their winter pastures east of Sheridan to the ranch 18 miles west of here, on the eastern slopes of the Big Horn Mountains.

The drive leaves the Wyarno area around 7 in the morning, and the horses usually reach their summer home at the ranch around 11. Eaton's is the oldest dude ranch in the United States, founded in 1879 by brothers Howard, Willis and Alden Eaton. The ranch originally was in Medora, North Dakota, but the family moved to the current location on Wolf Creek in 1904. The ranch has always been in the hands of the Eaton family, and is now being operated by the fourth and fifth generation.

The annual horse drive has become a popular event for spectators who bring cameras, lawn chairs and even family pets. One of those who attended this year's drive said she and her family had come from New York City just to see the Eaton's horse drive.

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