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Grant-Kohrs Ranch, Deer Lodge

#12 of 51 in Historic Sites in Montana
Historic Site · Ranch
The Grant–Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site, created in 1972, commemorates the Western cattle industry from its 1850s inception through recent times. The original ranch was established in 1862 by a Canadian fur trader, Johnny Grant, at Cottonwood Creek, Montana (future site of Deer Lodge, Montana), along the banks of the Clark Fork river. The ranch was later expanded by a cattle baron, Conrad Kohrs (1866–1920). The 1,618 acres (6.55 km2) historic site (originally designated a National Historic Landmark in 1960) is maintained today as a working ranch by the National Park Service.
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  • This was the first of two tourist stops on this particular trip, the other was Devil's Tower. I didn't know I would pass the ranch and that it is located so close to I-90, but I was in the mood to...  more »
  • this was not a bad stop, worth a quick stop, it was interesting. it was able to be a quick walk thru  more »
  • 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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