In this painting, Russell does his best in give a picture in living color of what the west looked like, and of the shenanigans that took place among the inhabitants of the times. If one showed up wearing clothes of an unfamiliar cut he was most likely going to be singled out and some of his measure taken at his own expense. Here we see a great excuse to display some of the characters of the day, including Russell himself, seated with his back to the wall to the right of the door.