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
Erected by Montana State University (Bozeman), Bureau of Land Management, Montana Stockgrowers Association.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Agriculture • Exploration. In addition, it is included in the Lewis & Clark Expedition series list. A significant historical date for this entry is July 7, 1806.
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. The marker is located at the overlook at the end of a short path, southwest of Idaho State Highway 278. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Jackson MT 59736, United States of America. Touch for directions.
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 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).
Credits. This page was last revised on October 4, 2018. It was originally submitted on October 4, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 264 times since then and 37 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on October 4, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.