Huffman, L. A. (Laton Alton), 1854-1931


Huffman, L. A. (Laton Alton), 1854-1931


L. A. Huffman


Mark Brown and W.R. Felton, Before Barbed Wire: L. A. Huffman, Photographer on Horseback (New York: Henry Holt & Co., 1956).
Mark Brown and W.R. Felton, The Frontier Years: L. A. Huffman, Photographer of the Plains (New York: Bramhall House, 1955).
Larry Len Peterson, L. A. Huffman: Photographer of the American West (Mountain Press Publishing Company, 2005).
Introduction by Donna M. Forbes, Essay by Terry Karson, L. A. Huffman: Pioneer Photographer (Billings: Yellowstone Art Center, 1990).

Biographical Text

L. A. Huffman was born near Castalia, Iowa, in October 1854. After running his own photography studio in Postville, Huffman left for Moorhead, Minnesota to work for F. Jay Haynes in 1878. Later that year, Huffman left Minnesota to work as the post photographer at Fort Keogh, Montana Territory. Two years later, he opened a studio in Miles City and started ranching in the Lame Deer Creek valley. His photography showed life on the northern plains, including cowboys, Native Americans, and buffalo hunts. Huffman married Lizzie Anne Skinner in 1883. After living briefly in Chicago, Huffman missed Montana and returned by 1893. At that point he was elected the representative for Custer County in the Montana legislature. Three years later, he opened studios in Miles City and Billings. He closed his last studio in 1905 but continued to publish from his inventory of negatives until his death in 1931.

Birth Date



Castalia, Iowa, vicinity

Death Date