Upper Big Hole Valley, Montana

View from 7,400-foot high Carroll Hill over Bull Creek. My great-grandfather purchased the original homestead here in 1901. He immediately built the log house. The barn was added in 1922. The ranch served as a stage stop until the early 1930’s, and put up trail herds and associated cowboys overnight trailing cattle in and out of the valley. It was once touted as “The land of 10,000 haystacks”.

Great-granddad and most of the members of his family, plus his wife’s family added to the ranch by further homesteading.

The new owners of the ranch are constructing a runway so hunters can fly in and out. Bull Creek is a tributary of the Big Hole River running through a huge valley bordered by the mountains dividing Idaho from Montana. My grandmother sold the ranch about 1952 or so.

© Bill Carroll 2017