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EL Gallatin & Company - EL Gallatin

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State of origin: MO
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Start/Birth date: 1828
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Born in Missouri in 1828 where he worked for Israel Landis, the famous St. Louis saddle maker, Edward L. Gallatin built the legendary 1860 Pony Express saddles. Colorado gold lured, and he moved to Denver where business prospered and a new partnership was formed in 1863 with Francis Gallup under the name EL Gallatin and Company and later (1865) Gallup and Gallatin. By 1868 Wyoming beckoned and EL headed North to Cheyenne where he hired his nephew Frank Meanea. The business grew to have Saddle Shops located in Cheyenne, Wyoming and Nebraska City, Nebraska. Fame of the Gallatin saddles spread and his Cheyenne and Pueblo rigs became the standard cowboy outfits from the Texas Panhandle to the Canadian border. “EL Gallatin is often referred to as the Father of the Western Stock Saddle.” Mr. Gallatin sold his Denver interests to Francis Gallup in 1873 and Frank Meanea bought the Cheyenne shop shortly thereafter. The Nebraska shop was then closed leaving Edward free to enjoy his retirement.


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