Experience 1920s Montana Ranch Life at Beavertail Hill & Salmon Lake State Parks

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks

Missoula, MT –-(Ammoland.com)- Plan to visit Beavertail Hill State Park on Friday, June 29 or Salmon Lake State Park on Saturday, June 30 to experience life on a 1920s Montana cattle ranch. Both programs begin at 8 p.m. and are free and open to audiences of all ages.

Guest presenter, John Clayton, a journalist and author from Red Lodge, MT, will take the audience back in time with 1920s Montana cattle rancher and novelist, Caroline Lockhart. When Lockhart moved to her homestead in Dryhead, Montana, in 1926, she was trying to enact the sort of “happily ever after” experience she had described in her Western fiction.

Though little-known today, Lockhart (1871-1962) wrote six novels in the 1910s, three of which were made into movies, and all of which culminated in the hero retiring to a cattle ranch. How did she do? Attend one of these weekend programs to find out.

To attend the Beavertail program on Friday evening at 8 p.m., travel 26 miles east of Missoula on I-90 and take the Beavertail Hill Exit. Follow signs to the state park. Or, on Saturday, head to the Salmon Lake program at 8 p.m. at the state park campground amphitheater, approximately five miles south of Seeley Lake just off Highway 83.

Beavertail Hill State Park hosts a series of evening programs on Fridays this summer and Salmon Lake offers programs on Saturdays. For more information on this and other upcoming summer programs at Montana State Parks, please contact Vernon Carroll at 406-273-4253, or Chris Neu at 406-240-0155.

Visit Montana State Parks (stateparks.mt.gov) and enjoy camping, hiking, fishing, swimming, boating and more and discover some of the greatest natural and cultural treasures on earth.

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