|Cierra & Hunter getting ready to load up in the truck.|
While driving down the main street in Deer Lodge it was very quaint and I think I could have spend a whole day in this town alone! There was also the Old Montana State Prison with it's wonderfully preserved stone walls and brick buildings. We really wanted to visit this, but we had to choose between Grant-Kohrs and that. Shame.
|Old Montana State Prison - Presumably haunted now...|
|The park ranger offered the kids some home-made ice cream.|
Next, we walked down the path, under the railroad tresses to the Grant-Kohrs Ranch. We were just in time for the 12:00 noon ranch house tour, so we attended that.
|Finishing up Ice Cream|
|This was fun because we just did the Utah Golden Spike Jr Ranger program about trains.|
|Under the shade tree before we go into the ranch house.|
|John Francis Grant|
At last, Grant decided to return to Canada, as did most of the other French-Canadians in the valley. He sold his ranch to Conrad Kohrs in 1866 and left his family for several months while he search for a new place to settle. Choosing the Carmen, Manitoba area, he returned to Deer Lodge to find that Quarra had died of tuberculosis. Gathering his remaining family, he left with a party of 200. The fur trade era was over and the gold rush was in full swing, but before he left, Grand had established the livestock industry in the valley. In the long run, it would outlast mining and trade." Read about his life here.
The entire ranch was so amazing and it isn't surprising he was worth billions! His contributions earned him the nickname, "Montana's Cattle King."
After the ranch house tour, Hunter wanted to meet a real-life cowboy so the ranger radioed him and he took the kids to meet, Fox, a beautiful red sable horse.
|The kids weren't sure they wanted to touch old Fox but...|
|...they quickly warmed up.|
|In the blacksmith shop.|
|Cierra with her Junior Ranger booklet|