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Near Jackson in Beaverhead County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
 

“The Carroll Ranch”

Stopping point for travelers & cattle drives

 
 
"The Carroll Ranch" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 12, 2018
1. "The Carroll Ranch" Marker
Inscription. For generations the Hamilton Ranch was widely-known as the Carroll Ranch - and it served as a vital link between the Big Hole and Beaverhead valleys. Its location at the base of this mountain pass made the ranch a perfect stopping point for stagecoaches, cattle drives and virtually every other kind of traveler throughout the frontier era and beyond. For years the ranch housed a team of relief horses for the postal delivery service. Even after motor vehicles became common, bad weather could make the roads impassable, forcing travelers to stop here. Family members recall that during the Great Depression no drifter was turned away hungry.
The Carroll Ranch spanned four generation. In 1903, Ann and Frank Carroll traded their homestead in nearby Polaris for a homestead here. They lived in tents with their eight children while constructing the first building, which they completed just in time for the winter of 1904. Over the years, the family acquired other homesteads, eventually expanding the ranch to encompass some 13,000 acres, from the northeast side of the pass all the way to Jackson. The Carroll family sold the ranch lands in the late 1950s, more than 100 years after their great-grandparents emigrated from Ireland. Yet the family name endures - Big Hole Pass is still known locally as Carroll Hill.
 
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"The Carroll Ranch" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 12, 2018
2. "The Carroll Ranch" Marker
Montana State University (Bozeman), Bureau of Land Management, Montana Stockgrowers Association.
 
Location. 45° 19.8′ N, 113° 14.688′ W. Marker is near Jackson, Montana, in Beaverhead County. Marker is on State Highway 278 near Bull Creek Road, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. 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); "Hot Spring Valley" (here, next to this marker); Naturally Sustained Productivity (a few steps from this marker); Undaunted Stewardship (a few steps from 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).
 
More about this marker. The marker is located at the overlook at the end of a short path, southwest of Idaho State Highway 278.
 
Categories. AgricultureSettlements & Settlers
 
 
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 31 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 4, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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