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Grant-Kohrs Ranch, Deer Lodge

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About The Ranch

The Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site commemorates the frontier cattle era and the Western cattle industry. It was here that Canadian fur trader Johnny Grant established a trading post in the Deer Lodge Valley that had long been used by many tribes as a route to hunting and trading areas. Grant grazed cattle in the valley during the open range period of the 1850-60’s, then sold the ranch to German emigrant Conrad Kohrs. Kohrs became one of the major cattle barons in the emerging livestock industry, and the ranch remained within one family through the creation of the National Historic Site in 1972. The park embraces some 1,500 acres and 90 structures, and is maintained today as a working ranch. Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site is the only unit of the National Park System specifically designated to commemorate the frontier cattle era, and its role in the larger and more complex history of the United States from the mid-19th to early 20th centuries.
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  • After we paid the fees, we were send to go to the gorgeous house. We came here and there was no one. We explored how the hired men worked and lived. It was very interesting. Many of these boys...  more »
  • We stopped in for a visit in late May while on a road trip through Montana. At the visitor center there is a large parking lot. The ranger explained the layout of the ranch and offered the house...  more »
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  • Awesome place. Historically, it is not especially significant - but it is significant in that it has 150 years of unbroken records of events and business of a working ranch. It is incredibly interesting as an example of an often overlooked piece of westward expansion and the legends of cowboys in America. The rangers and volunteers are very knowledge and friendly. It's free, and definitely worth a couple hours of your time. See the blacksmith shop and watch them make various products, also sold in the visitor center.
  • Loved this original settler ranch and all the history behind it. A wonderful house tour by a well informed guide. Full of historical facts about the owners and their families. Working forge and a cowboy with the chuck wagon also very informative. All this in a wonderful backdrop of Montana grazing lands and mountains. We nearly missed this exhibit because its not very well signposted or advertised. The museum ladies told us about it and so glad they did. There was also a working demo of fur from ranch visitors such as wolves, coyotes, foxes, etc. Deer Lodge is worth a whole days visit.

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