Pacific Northwest - Day 11 - Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site

Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site - Deer Lodge - MT Travel Blog

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Upon arrival at the ranch we kept it ry, but the rain came close

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.

The Grant-Kohrs Ranch
Subsequently he nursed the weak cows with the fine grass in the valley so he could trade them in later for two other weak cows. In the meantime some travelers settled nearby forming the village of Deer Lodge.

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 covered wagon on display
They also had a real bath tub with running water.

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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Upon arrival at the ranch we kept …
Upon arrival at the ranch we kept…
The Grant-Kohrs Ranch
The Grant-Kohrs Ranch
A covered wagon on display
A covered wagon on display
The Grant-Kohrs Ranch
The Grant-Kohrs Ranch
The Grant-Kohrs Ranch
The Grant-Kohrs Ranch
Buildings on the Grant-Kohrs Ranch…
Buildings on the Grant-Kohrs Ranc…
A covered wagon on display
A covered wagon on display
The Grant-Kohrs Ranch, with the wi…
The Grant-Kohrs Ranch, with the w…
On the Grant-Kohrs Ranch grounds
On the Grant-Kohrs Ranch grounds
On the Grant-Kohrs Ranch grounds
On the Grant-Kohrs Ranch grounds
On the Grant-Kohrs Ranch grounds
On the Grant-Kohrs Ranch grounds
On the Grant-Kohrs Ranch grounds
On the Grant-Kohrs Ranch grounds
On the Grant-Kohrs Ranch grounds
On the Grant-Kohrs Ranch grounds
On the Grant-Kohrs Ranch grounds
On the Grant-Kohrs Ranch grounds
Long horn cow on the Grant-Kohrs R…
Long horn cow on the Grant-Kohrs …
The parlor of the Grant-Kohrs Ranc…
The parlor of the Grant-Kohrs Ran…
The winter garden of the Grant-Koh…
The winter garden of the Grant-Ko…
The dining room of the Grant-Kohrs…
The dining room of the Grant-Kohr…
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