This is the house that my great-grandfather built.
This is the house where my grandfather lived.
This is the house where his nephew still lives.
This is a fairly current photo.
The Homestead Act of the early 1900s increased the 160 acre parcels to 320 acres. The prove up period of time was reduced from five years to three years and further allowed a five month absence from the claim each year. Farming in Eastern-Montana back in the day was difficult, but . . .
on the other side of the state, cattle ranching on the Grant-Kuhrs Ranch was thriving:
Learning to farm and ranch in Montana, with its annual precipitation of 10 inches, our farmers and ranchers developed new methods to hold onto the land and their crops. One of the most colorful adapations (still used in parts of the state to this day) is the beaverslide hay stacker. Due to the arid climate, hay did not need to be stored in barns to prevent mold. Hay could be cut and stacked and stored in the fields.
This weekend my daughter and I are headed into beaverslide country. I had hopes to take photos but the weather forecast calls for ponding water on the lowland roads and a need for snowshoes in higher elevations. Likely I’ll not be setting out across the fields to take photos. Here’s one from the National Park Service website.
to enjoy more photos. If you go to the multimedia section of the website you can watch a video of the beaverslide in action. Oh yeah boy! Did you catch the poetry in all this talk? prove up period….ponding water… lowland roads…
I wonder if I had a prove up period in my life, what would it be or did I miss it already?