When touring old historic Deer Lodge, Montana, there are two major attractions in town that simply are a must to check out. The Old Montana Prison is one and this destination requires at least a half day to tour because it is a now large museum complex. The Grant-Kohrs Ranch is the other major attraction and this historic site offers a unique outdoor experience for visitors of all ages. The Grant-Kohrs Ranch is a celebration of the open range ranching lifestyle and the historic buildings have many interesting old west stories to tell.
The old historic ranch property was established in the early 1860s when Montana was still an unruly territory and long before the town of Deer Lodge came to be. Open range ranching was not easy in the early days, because of the freezing winter temperatures and the lack of feed. One of the early property owners started breeding high caliber ranch work horses during the worst of the cattle ranching years, which kept the property intact. The ranch property had a few successive owners up till the 1960s, when the old frontier spread was recommended to be preserved as a National Historic Landmark. A deed was finally agreed upon and the National Park Service has managed the Grant-Kohrs Ranch ever since.
The Grant-Kohrs Ranch actually is a working ranch, so the open range lifestyle genuinely lives on in this place. Narrated ranger guided tours are provided all day long, which will surely entertain visitors of all ages. The long history of this historic ranch is on full display in real life, so those who long to experience the classic western open range lifestyle will feel right at home!
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