Located in the Big Sky Chamber of Commerce Visitors' Center, opposite the Conoco station at the stoplight at Big Sky, you will find a year round display on the history of Big Sky and the Gallatin Basin.
History Annex Open All Year
The rustic log buildings of the Historic Crail Ranch sit in a quiet meadow in Montana's famous Big Sky Resort. They serve as a reminder of the history of the region during the homestead era of the early 1900s. The Ranch is open during the summer months each year, free to all to visit and enjoy....
Historic Crail Ranch
Big Sky, Montana
Many thanks to our generous donors!
Review the 2015-2016
Augustus Franklin Crail
2016 Summer Season
Comes to a Close at Crail Ranch
New Articles by Crail Ranch Conservator Highlight
Big Sky Outdoors in the Early 1900s
The Original Spanish Peak SUPers
Loggers practicing on Jack Creek Lake (now Ulrey's Lake) shared skills with folks engaged in stand-up paddleboarding, known as SUP, on Lake Levinsky in Big Sky today. View on the Explore Big Sky website
Recent additions to the Crail Ranch collection
Women's authentic western riding chaps were displayed this summer with other western tack and ranching parphenalia in the small cabin. The chaps belonged to Patti Goodrich of the 320 Ranch, and were donated to Crail Ranch by her daugher, Gail Walma. Gail's dad Jim Goodrich outfitted pack trips out of the Crail Ranch when it was part of the Lone Mountain Ranch. Gail recalls staying at Crail Ranch as a young girl in the 1950s.
All of these items were donated by some of our faithful and generous donors
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Big Sky residents Randy and Beth Van Horn donated a Singer sewing machine with patent marks indicating that it was manufactured between 1891 and 1913. It is a treadle-operated machine, similar to one that belonged to Beth's mother and on which Beth learned to sew.
The kerosene lamp, shown in the picture with the sewing machine, was donated by Dale and Kristin Lucas.
A steamer trunk from the early 1900s was donated by the Mistretta family. It is on display on the second floor landing of the main cabin.
Anne Marie Mistretta, chair of the Historic Crail Ranch Conservators, has prepared two articles on outdoor activities in the early 1900s, featuring photos from the
Crail Ranch collections.
A Century of Outdoor Pursuits in Big Sky
Big Sky's natural resoources and unique geological features have lured visitors to the area since the early 20th Century -- and they still do today! View on the Explore Big Sky website
2016 Summer Season marked by important preservation work at Crail Ranch
<< In June the Conservators initiated a project to replace the porch on the main cabin.
In August work was completed to replace the roof on the historic small cabin. >>
<< Work began right after Labor Day on the largest project of the summer -- to replace the aging roof on the main cabin.
New signage guides visitors to and around Crail Ranch
After the removal of our large gate signs (for safety reasons), visitors were sometimes not sure that they had found the historic ranch. New signage, easily visible from the road, has remedied that problem.
In addition, informative signs have been put in place around the Ranch to guide visitors as they walk the grounds.
Special Projects in History, Collections, and Building Preservation
Crail Ranch Homestead Museum is a project of the Big Sky Community Organization, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit entity that connects people with recreational opportunities by acquiring, preserving and promoting sustainable places and programs for all. The Big Sky Community Organization envisions a community connected by world class recreation and enrichment opportunities that embrace a vibrant quality of life. Contact the Crail Ranch Conservators organization at email@example.com.
Preservation of the Crail Ranch structures is a primary mission of the Historic Crail Ranch Conservators. This work is funded by grants and contributions of our many generous donors.
As part of the roof project, the chimneys are being restored with rock facing. Recent investigation and early picture views of the main cabin indicate that the west chimney was originally rocked. The east chimney, added in the 1960s, was of plain cement, but it is also being re-faced with rock at this time for a more consistent rustic appearance. >>
Crail Ranch joins 'Art on the Streets' project
Dasha Bough [Photo by Jill Bough]
Frank Crail stands in the doorway of his homestead ranch cabin, frozen in time in a photograph, circa 1910. But this door does not open to his parlor, as it has for a century; he is 150 yards away, on the side of a utility box on Little Coyote Road.
The "Art on the Streets" effort is the brainchild of Lone Peak High School senior and artist Dasha Bough, who initiated this community service project after meeting Chance Remien of Bozeman's The Wrap Agency three years ago.
NOTE: The Crail Ranch website will be under new, professional management by ImageCrafters of Bozeman, MT starting in the next few weeks. The website was established in 2007 by Jennifer Lockwood, and then continued for these past 10 years by her father.
Wishing everyone continued success..... Al Lockwood, October 2016
The Outhouse Revisited ~ Even the rustic outhouse was re-roofed by Mike Durant as an extra part of the summer building program. Please be sure to stop in on your next visit to Crail Ranch!