On the route south from Glacier to Utah the map showed this seemingly little known Historic Site in the city of Deerlodge Montana. Surprisingly, I spent over four hours exploring and enjoying this interesting historic site.
Once the headquarters of a 10 million acre cattle empire, Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site preserves and commemorates the role of cattlemen in American history. In the 1960s the original Grant-Kohrs ranch was among several other ranches, which were recommended for National Historic Landmark status. Con Warren wanted to sell the Grant-Kohrs portion of his ranch to the National Park Service as a historic landmark. In 1970 an agreement to sell the property to the park service was achieved with the proviso that the National Park Service would manage it as a living ranch. In August 1972, the U.S. Congress authorized the establishment of Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site to provide an understanding of the frontier cattle era of the Nation’s history, to preserve the Grant-Kohrs Ranch, and to interpret the nationally significant values thereof for the benefit and inspiration of future generations.
The NPS staff at this site does an excellent job of preserving, protecting and interpreting the park. I was able to take a self-guided tour of the park as well as a guided tour of the ranch house and the collection facility. I recommend anyone traveling in this area stop in and enjoy the site.