• A. E. Close with White Wolf

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    For many years the white wolf in this picture destroyed large numbers of livestock in the Judith Basin. A. E. Close, who killed the wolf in May, 1930, is shown here holding the carcass. His dogs are w…

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  • Arthur Wellington (A. W.) Bower - "The Professor"

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    Portrait of A. W. Bower, who graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and taught Mathematics there in order to amass funds to begin a business venture sheep ranching in Montana. Courtesy of the…

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  • Coring Wool on Hughes Ranch

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    Robert Lillegard is coring (taking a core sample of) wool on the Hughes Ranch. Harley Hughes and Wm. I. Hughes (on right) are sitting on the filled wool sacks.

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  • Picking Up Bum Lambs on Waite Ranch

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    This is a photograph of Sid Mikkelson, a hired man on the Waite Sheep Ranch south of Utica, Montana. He is picking up bum lambs and putting them in the horse drawn 'gut wagon.'

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  • Lambs Grazing in the Little Belt Mountains

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    These lambs, owned by Donald Wilson, are grazing in the shadow of Yogo Baldy Peak in the Little Belt Mountains in Judith Basin County, Montana.

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  • School in Field on Skelton Ranch

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    Country school located near Wolf Creek in Judith Basin, Montana. The school was located on the Skelton ranch west of Stanford, Montana. The girl in white is Martha Coughlin. Unknown students and teach…

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  • Old Stanford

    Rogers Studio, Great Falls, Montana

    The old town of Stanford was a trading post established in 1875. This is a picture of the main street of town. One account credits the naming of the Post Offic there to sheep rancher Ed Bower, who nam…

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  • Sheepherder and Sheep at the Shearing Shed

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    Whitey', a sheepherder for Hughes Livestock, is standiing with his dog and sheep in front of the shearing shed south of Stanford, Montana. The sheep behind Whitey are kicking up quite a bit of dust on…

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  • Windham Rodeo

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    This picture is rodeo day, 1920, and shows the cars lined up along the main street of Windham, Montana. A young boy is walking across the street. Windham was in the middle of ranch country in the earl…

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  • Sheep Camp in Little Belt Mountains

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    Sheepherder John Gordon is standing with his horse in front of his sheep wagon. This sheep camp is located on Band Box in the Little Belt Mountains in Judith Basin, Montana. There had been a fire in t…

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  • Joseph Edward (J.E.) Bower - "Ed"

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    Portrait of 'Ed' Bower, who was originally a storekeeper in Stanfordville, New York. He came to Montana in early 1881 with brother Arthur Bower and began raising sheep in the Judith Basin. Courtesy of…

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  • Moving Old Stanford to Present Location

    Rogers Studio, Great Falls, Montana

    A few miles east of the old town of Stanford, Montana, was a Post Office named Dubuque. When the Great Northern Railroad came through the Judith Basin they built a station there. In the early 1900's t…

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  • Brown Land Co. Looking Over the Judith River

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    This picture shows agents from the Brown Land Company in an early automobile looking over land in the Judith Basin . The African American driver is identified as John. The picture overlooks the Judith…

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  • Men in Front of Saloon in Old Stanford

    J. H. Polberg

    This picture shows a group of men standing in front of the saloon in old Stanford, Montana. Seated is Any Matthews. Melvin Cheney is second from the left and 'Kid' Ambie Cheney is second from the righ…

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  • George Calvin (G.C.) Bower - "Cal"

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    Portrait of G. C. Bower, the last of the Bower brothers of Troy, New York, who came to Montana to begin one largest sheep ranches in the Judith Basin. 'Cal' came to Fort Benton on the steamer 'Helena'…

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  • Columbia Rams at Hughes Ranch

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    The Columbia rams in the picture are grazing in front of the Hughes family home, built in 1901 by Wm. I. Hughes. Interestingly, the house is nearly an exact replica of Wm. Hughes' original home in Bra…

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  • Unidentified Sheep Ranch in Central Montana

    Culver Studio, Lewistown, Montana

    Reprinted from a glass negative, this picture of an unidentified sheep ranch shows the sheep near the ranch buildings, and horse drawn hay rake and wagon in the foreground. It is thought to be located…

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  • Sheep Going Through Utica, Montana

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    This picture shows sheep from the Waite Ranch south of Utica being herded through town. The sign on the store says 'Utica Mercantile Co. General Merchandise. '

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  • Bower Brothers' sheep ranch

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    Photograph of the Bower Brothers' sheep ranch, located in the Surprise Creek area of the Judith Basin. Because nothing was fenced at that time there was always a herder with the sheep. In their heyday…

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  • Sheep Herder's Monument

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    Sheepherder's monument built on the Bower Brothers' ranch near Surprise Creek, in the Judith Basin of Montana. This monument dates before 1905 when the Bower Brothers sold their holdings to the J.B. L…

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