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Sample The Old West At Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site

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See how they once brought in hay with horses and this "beaver slide" at Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site/Kurt Repanshek

Interested in life in the Old West of the later 1800s? Plan a stop at Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site in Montana this summer.

The ranch, near Deer Lodge, is at the heart of what once was a 10-million acre livestock operation that stretched across four states and into two Canadian provinces. Of course, today's national historic site is just a tiny slice of that empire, covering just 1,618 acres. But you can still get a feel for how things were done a century ago.

On July 26 they'll be having a cattle branding at the ranch. Montana ranchers still brand their cattle as required by law. Along with branding this year'™s calf crop, the park staff will present fun family activities throughout the day, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Then, on July 27, and against on August 7, 23 and 21 you'll be able to see how they bring in the hay crop with horses. This haying demonstration will run from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on those dates.

Both events are free.

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