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George and Louise Huggins—Charcoal Portraits

 Unprocessed Material — Multiple Containers
Identifier: H2017-046

Content Description

The collection consists of two, 16 x 20-inch, charcoal portrait images on canvas frames of George and Louise Huggins. It is assumed that the images date to roughly the 1900s, when the couple would have been in their 50s. George Daniel Huggins was born in 1847. George, nicknamed “Curly,” was a frontiersman and government freighter, working between Denver and the Black Hills. He also freighted for the Army between Fort Randall (D.T.) and Fort Niobrara (NE). He later became a prosperous horse and cattle rancher along Shadley Creek in southwestern Tripp County. George imported the first Galloway cattle from Scotland to the area. He would later own and operate a general store in the town of Millboro (S.D.). Huggins Township in Tripp County was named after George and his wife Louise. George married Louise Moran Huggins on October 8, 1878 near Sheridan (WY). They had nine children. Louise’ father was a French trader, frontiersman and freighter. Her mother was a full-blood member of either the Sioux or Cheyenne Indian tribe. George died in August of 1934 and Louise died on April 20, 1939. The two charcoal portraits were scanned and saved as 600 resolution .tif files which were run through the State Archives’ Digital Preservation program.

Acquisition Type


Restrictions Apply



  • ca. 1900s


0.5 Cubic Feet

2 drawings