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Property Name Elkhorn Ranch Historic District
Reference Number 16000142
State Montana
County Gallatin
Town Gallatin Gateway
Street Address 33133 Gallatin Road
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 4/5/2016
Areas of Significance Entertainment/Recreation, Architecture
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The Elkhorn Ranch is eligible for listing in the National Register under criteria A and C for its association with the dude ranching industry in Montana and the burgeoning recreational opportunities associated with the industry. The ranch represents a stunning example of an intact, purpose-built, dude ranch dating from the height of the dude ranching industry in the western United States. Construction of the ranch began in 1922, the year of its founding, and was substantially completed by the time the United States entered into World War II in 1941. The Elkhorn Ranch, like other dude ranches of its time was built to meet the recreation and entertainment needs of increasingly affluent Americans. Built in the rustic style with logs and stone sourced on the ranch these buildings have stood the test of time. The ranch has continually operated since 1922 as a dude ranch with almost no changes to its physical plan or operations.

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Properties are listed in the National Register of Historic Places under four criteria: A, B, C, and D. For information on what these criterion are and how they are applied, please see our Bulletin on How to Apply the National Register Criteria