Pacific Northwest - Day 11 - Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site
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Time to leave the Glacier National Park area, time for another long-distance drive. 611 kilometers (379 miles) to West Yellowstone today. Although a beautiful route, not too eventful.
Fortunately we discovered a nice National Park Service managed site almost midway the drive: Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site. The site is set up around an old ranch and gives a nice impression of life and works on a Montana farm during the 19th century.
The ranch was founded by Johnny Grant, a (French speaking) Canadian fur trader. Grant came to the area in 1857 and settled here doing really good business by trading his healthy cows with passing travelers. He traded two weak cows from the travelers for one strong cow.
Grant struggled with the English language and others took advantage of this by offering him bad contracts. In 1866 Grant decided to leave back for Canada. He sold his farm to the German/ Danish cattle baron Conrad Kohrs. Kohrs introduced a more modern ranching, with high breeds, fenced meadows, etc. He was helped by his half-brother John Bielenberg who focused on the horse-activities of the ranch. Kohrs' wife highly influenced the inside of the ranch. She converted the bed-bug infested dirty slum into a high society mansion like building with a beautiful dining room, an inside winter garden, etc.
A visit to the ranch is very interesting, we got a nice tour in the ranch itself. Unfortunately photography was not allowed. We walked by ourselves over the lands of the ranch, visited the stables and chatted with the blacksmith and someone in charge of the old covered wagon.
The ranch closed at about 5:30 pm. Too bad because we needed a bit more time. But also good since we still had to cover several hundreds of kilometers.
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