Publications

The Historic Crail Ranch Conservators have generated extensive documents about this area over the years. In March, 2017, a full compilation of articles was assembled. Download the complete set (28 MB) of CRAIL RANCH STORIES or review each article on a specific topic below.

Preface

Timeline History of Historic Crail Ranch
From the birth of Augustus Franklin Crail to the Present Time
By The Historic Crail Ranch Conservators
Originally part of the Crail Ranch Host Guidelines; first published online at crailranch.org in 2010

Part 1: Early Days

The Mountain Shoshone
A history of the Sheep Eater Indians in the Big Sky area
By Anne Marie Mistretta
Originally published in Montana Outlaw magazine, summer 2012, and online at Explorebigsky.com, June 16, 2012

The OrigInal Spanish Peaks SUPers
1880s loggers share skills of present-day paddleboarders
By Anne Marie Mistretta
Originally published in Explore Big Sky, “Back 40,” July 2016

Gallatin Canyon Road Travel 1880s to the Present Day
By Anne Marie Mistretta and Jeff Strickler
Originally published in the Lone Peak Lookout, “Crail Ranch Corner,” October 10, 2013

Teddy Roosevelt Helps Crail Ranch Celebrate 100 Years of the US National Park Service
By Anne Marie Mistretta
Originally published in the Lone Peak Lookout, “Crail Ranch Corner,” September 3, 2015

Crail Ranch North
Conservators Connect with A. F. Crail’s 1870s Ranch
By Anne Marie Mistretta
Originally published in the Lone Peak Lookout, “Crail Ranch Corner,” July 9, 2015

A.F. Crail and W.A Clark:
A Tale of Two Politicians in Montana’s New State
By Anne Marie Mistretta
Originally published in the Lone Peak Lookout, “Crail Ranch Corner,” November 6, 2014

Part 2: Homestead Years 1902-1960

First Families in the Gallatin Basin: Pages from the 1910 Census
By Al Lockwood
Originally published in “Explore Big Sky,” February 5, 2016

Michener and Mining: “There’s [not so much] Gold in Them Thar Hills”
By Anne Marie Mistretta
Originally published in the Lone Peak Lookout, “Crail Ranch Corner,” January 22, 2015

The Gold Standard of Education
A family devoted to teaching were important local trailblazers
By Anne Marie Mistretta
Originally published in the Lone Peak Lookout, “Crail Ranch Corner,” March 5, 2015

The Brands at the Crail Ranch Homestead Museum
By Anne Marie Mistretta
Originally published in the Lone Peak Lookout, “Crail Ranch Corner,” September 5, 2013

Sallie Crail and the Mystery of the Quilt Competition
By Anne Marie Mistretta
Originally published in the Lone Peak Lookout, “Crail Ranch Corner,” September 4, 2014

Emmett and Annie: a Love Story
By Al Lockwood
Originally published on the Crail Ranch website crailranch.org in 2012

Part 3: When Crail Ranch Became “Historic”1970 – Present

Cataloging the Crail Ranch Collections
From “wrecking ball” to National Register of Historic Places
By Anne Marie Mistretta
Originally published in the Lone Peak Lookout, “Crail Ranch Corner,” March 6, 2014

Facts and Artifacts: A Progress Report
Crail Ranch Conservators use modern technology to create historic collections digital catalog
By Anne Marie Mistretta
Originally published in the Lone Peak Lookout, “Crail Ranch Corner,” April 2, 2015

Archaeology of Crail Ranch: Like Working a Puzzle in Reverse
By Anne Marie Mistretta
Originally published in the Lone Peak Lookout, “Crail Ranch Corner,” April 3, 2014

Salute to the Women’s Club
THE Annual Bake Sale, Book Sale, Food Bank Drive….and a PIE-O-U!
By Anne Marie Mistretta
Originally published in the Lone Peak Lookout, “Crail Ranch Corner,” July 17, 2014

The Buck and Helen Knight Foundation
Faithful Support for the Crail Ranch Homestead Museum
By Anne Marie Mistretta
Originally published in the Lone Peak Lookout, “Crail Ranch Corner,” December, 2013

Family Ties
Thanks to the Internet, Crail Descendants Connect and Share
By Anne Marie Mistretta
Originally published in the Lone Peak Lookout, “Crail Ranch Corner,” May 29, 2014

Frank Crail Enters Cowboy Hall of Fame  
By Anne Marie Mistretta
Originally published in the Lone Peak Lookout, “Crail Ranch Corner,” February 13, 2014

Interested in a Particular Topic?

If you are looking for information on a particular aspect of the homestead era in the Gallatin Canyon area, send us a note at crailranchmuseum@gmail.com. We will be happy to try to answer your questions or point you toward more information on your subject.