Ben Long Ear

Sometimes, the search for additional information for an old photo yields little.  Sometimes it yields a bit more, but poses more questions.  Sometimes, some of the questions are answered.

For this search, I started with an image, the first one below, and a name, Ben Long Ear.  The image is one that I am using for Zazzle products.  For each image, I try to locate additional information beyond what is readily available at the original source, usually Library of Congress. 

See what I found at Haw Creek Reflections on Ben Long Ear, a Crow Indian who lived in an area we may visiting later this year.

A pair of old pictures, rather than being worth the proverbial thousand words each, leave more questions than answers.

Who was this man? What tribe? Who was his family?  Where did they live? Why was he imprisoned? How long was he in? to mention just a few.

Ben Long Ear

Half-length portrait, facing front;
Photo created about 1905 by Edward S. Curtis.
Library of Congress image.

Ben Long Ear at McNeil Island Penitentiary

Ben Long Ear,  Inmate #2454, 1914
McNeil Island Federal Penitentiary, Washington
National Archives image.

Did this man commit crimes that actually harmed others?  Were his offenses a result of indigenous people running up against the morality of the newcomers to the land?  Was he railroaded so that others could take some advantage?


Haw Creek Reflections provides background information and links for images used for products in our Zazzle store.

Ben Long Ear

Products with this image on Zazzle.


Additional Information

Crow People

American Indians

history, Montana, people, photography, vintage image
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