Firehole Ranch

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Firehole Ranch's main lodge
Firehole Ranch main lodge.
Watkins Creek Ranch in 1947
Watkins Creek Ranch, now Firehole Ranch, in 1947.
Watkins Creek Ranch guest cabin in 1947
Watkins Creek Ranch, now Firehole Ranch, guest cabin in 1947.
Watkins Creek Ranch guest cabin fireplace in 1947
Watkins Creek Ranch, now Firehole Ranch, guest cabin fireplace in 1947.

Firehole Ranch is a private 640-acre guest ranch located on Hebgen Lake in Gallatin County, Montana.[1]

Owned and operated by Lynda Caine since 1999, Firehole Ranch was founded in the late 1890s as Watkins Creek Ranch by George S. Watkins. Originally much larger, Watkins Creek Ranch sold much of its land to the Madison Power and Light Company in 1904 to make way for the Hebgen Lake Dam. Much of Watkins’ cattle were sold to Yellowstone National Park while the remaining land was converted into a dude ranch.[2][better source needed]

Firehole Ranch was entered into the National Register of Historic Places under the name Watkins Creek Ranch on December 27, 2006.[3] Coordinates: 44°48′50″N 111°17′27″W / 44.81389°N 111.29083°W / 44.81389; -111.29083 (Watkins Creek Ranch)[4]


Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Lynda, Caine. "Welcome to Firehole Ranch". Welcome to Firehole Ranch. Firehole Ranch. Retrieved 15 March 2011. 
  2. ^ "The Enduring Tradition of Firehole Ranch". Montana Historian. Inaugural Issue 2009. pp. 91–95. Retrieved 15 March 2011. 
  3. ^ "National Register of Historic Places". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. Retrieved 15 March 2011. 
  4. ^ "Watkins Creek Ranch". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey.