Burns: 145 Years and Going Strong

As 2021 enters its final month, we’re reflecting on our 145th year in business. We’re the oldest, same family-owned western retail business in the world, so we thought it was worth taking a peek into our past with a mindful eye to the future. It’s survived 25 presidents, two world wars, a Great Depression and Recession and much, much more. When it first launched, horses and trains were how people got around and today, people are catapulting into space asRead more

Luna

In the early spring of 1985, Cherokeet, Dan Burns prized race mare, delivered a black filly. Less than a month later, tragedy struck with the sudden passing of Cherokeet.  The young, black filly, just weeks old, required a bottle-feeding every three hours.  Dan, along with his two young grandchildren, Braydan and Destiny, made a ritual of feeding and playing with the beautiful filly. Destiny became Grandpa Dugan’s shadow, always carrying her cabbage patch doll named Luna; Luna would sit onRead more

Passed Down from Grandma Red

Burns is a company built on the legacy of a family who has chosen to work hard and dedicate themselves to the craft of leatherwork.  Each generation has successfully written a different chapter in the Burns story.  Grandma Red, as she is known throughout the company, still makes all of us smile with her anecdotes and quick wit.  Here is a bit of her story and one of our favorite recipes from her collection–which is a prize all by itself. Fourth-generation,Read more

The Art of the Saddle

Back when Custer and the U.S. 7th Cavalry were having their Last Stand in 1876, a cowboy named Miles Lamonie Burns with his skills in blacksmithing and leather working opened a retail shop in Utah.  He sold handcrafted saddles and harnesses starting a legacy seven generations strong.  Burns is the world’s oldest Western retail business to stay in one family, and maintains the focus of handmade artistry that began in 1876 with Burns Custom Saddles. BENCH MADE A Burns saddleRead more

“A Land of Solitude and Contrast”

Nestled over the hill and through the woods, Wayne County is a small county in Utah with some of the most diverse landscapes in the state. Red rock vistas kiss up against majestic pine covered mountains. Rolling meadows of peach, apple, and plum orchards with snaking rivers make friends with deep canyons. Here the winters are cold and summers are full of color. It is also a bit of a time capsule. Untouched by the hustle and bustle of aRead more