Blog Archives

Crail Ranch Hosts Solar Eclipse Event

The celestial heavens served up a rare treat this summer with a spectacular solar eclipse. Crail Ranch put a “collective smile” on the faces of the hundreds of visitors who came to the ranch to witness the event. Historic Crail Ranch Conservators continue to restore...

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Art on the Streets

Crail Ranch joins 'Art on the Streets' project…The "Art on the Streets" effort is the brainchild of Lone Peak High School senior and artist Dasha Bough, who initiated this community service project after meeting Chance Remien of Bozeman's The Wrap Agency three years...

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New Signage

New signage guides visitors to and around Crail Ranch. After the removal of our large gate signs (for safety reasons), visitors were sometimes not sure that they had found the historic ranch. New signage, easily visible from the road, has remedied that problem. In...

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Additions to the Collection

Recent additions to the Crail Ranch collection...Women's authentic western riding chaps were displayed this summer with other western tack and ranching parphenalia in the small cabin. The chaps belonged to Patti Goodrich of the 320 Ranch, and were donated to Crail...

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Summer 2016 Preservation Work

June-Oct 2016 2016 Summer Season marked by important preservation work at Crail Ranch. Preservation of the Crail Ranch structures is a primary mission of the Historic Crail Ranch Conservators. This work is funded by grants and contributions of our many generous...

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Buck & Helen Knight

July 12, 2015 - The Historic Crail Ranch Conservators hosted a "Retrospective Event" celebrating Buck and Helen Knight, a zany couple who were also prime examples of dude ranchers of the mid-20th century in the Big Sky area. Rather than converting an existing stock...

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Multi-Purpose Project Support Center

Space Problems Back in the early 1900s, the Crails had a space problem --  a family of five living in a 255 square foot cabin. Over 100 years later, Crail Ranch still had a space and storage problem! The historic small cabin, first occupied by the Crails, had become a...

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Guns of the Ranch

Murder/Suicide Weapon? When Frank W. Crail, grandson of the original homesteader, presented the Colt Navy Revolver to the Historic Crail Ranch, he told us that the revolver had been evidence in a murder/suicide and that his grandfather, Augustus Franklin Crail, as...

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History Annex Created

Museum Annex at Big Sky Visitor's Center Offers Big Sky History Year-Round More than 100 visitors attended the grand opening of the Crail Ranch Homestead Museum "History Annex" in the new Big Sky Chamber Visitor Information Center on the afternoon of Saturday,...

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Emmett & Annie

Relative visits Crail Ranch Becky Frey Finnegan (right) is shown here chatting with Big Sky author Anne Marie Mistretta (left) and family friend (center) at the season-ending Potluck at Historic Crail Ranch on Sunday, August 26. Ms. Finnegan's father was born in...

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High Country Haystacks

Beaverslide Hay Stackers On Saturday, July 23, 2011 former Montana Senator Bill Tash spoke in the historic "small cabin" at Crail Ranch. He presented the history of the iconic Montana hay stacker known as the Beaverslide and its importance to Montana ranchers. It is...

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