The Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site in western
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Johnny Grant originally built this ranch house in 1862. It was a residence upstairs
and a trading post downstairs.
Conrad Kohrs, a butcher and Danish immigrant, bought the ranch in 1866 and expanded the operation. At one point, Kohrs and his partner ran their cattle on more than a million acres of land in four states and Canada. For nearly a quarter of a century, Kohrs brought between 8,000 and 10,000 cattle to market a year. Today, rangers carry on the early ranch life, tending cattle, mending fences, and taking care of horses and equipment on the now 1,500-acre ranch.
Visitors can tour several ranch buildings, including the handsome ranch house and the bunkhouses where cowboys and ranch hands slept, ate, and spun yarns. Kohrs' wife Augusta filled the home with the finest Victorian furniture and objects available, bringing a touch of culture to the otherwise primitive surroundings.
Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site Information
Address: Off I-90 midway between Yellowstone NP and Glacier NP, Deer Lodge,
Hours of Operation:
- Memorial Day - Labor Day
- . the rest of the year
Admission: Free; tour costs vary
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