Jackson in Beaverhead County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
“Hot Spring Valley”
Land of 10,000 Haystacks
Ranching first began in this area in the mid-1800s, in support of wagon trains on the Oregon Trail. For years thereafter, ranchers who lived elsewhere turned their cattle loose to graze these lands - and when the first person intending to live here arrived he found some 27,000 cattle already feeding in the Big Hole Valley. Ranchers learned that the natural rangelands here offered superb nutrition for cattle - grass-fed animals from this valley fetched the same high prices in midwestern markets as did grain-fattened cattle from other parts of the county. The Big Hole earned the nickname "Land of 10,000 Hay Stacks" because of the superiority of is native grasses - and because here, where the 'beaver
Erected by Montana State University (Bozeman), Bureau of Land Management, Montana Stockgrowers Association.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Lewis & Clark Expedition marker series.
Location. 45° 19.8′ N, 113° 14.682′ W. Marker is in Jackson, Montana, in Beaverhead County. Marker can be reached from State Highway 278 near Bull Creek Road, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. The marker is located at the overlook at the end of a short path, southwest of Idaho State Highway 278. Marker is in this post office area: Jackson MT 59736, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A Soul-Searching Birthday (here, next to this marker); "The Carroll Ranch" (here, next to this marker); Naturally Sustained Productivity (a few steps from this marker); Undaunted Stewardship (within shouting distance of this marker); Welcome to Hamilton Ranch (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); "I now take my leave..." (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Way It Used To Be... Way Back (approx. 6.8 miles away).
Categories. • Agriculture • Exploration •
Credits. This page was last revised on October 4, 2018. This page originally submitted on October 4, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 51 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on October 4, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.