Barringer’s Ranch


The diverse landscape of Montana is shown in this 1899 photograph of the Barringer Ranch. In this view of the Barringer Ranch you can see the log ranch building with a stone chimney, frame outbuildings, fenced pasture, and farm equipment nestled in front of an expanse of mountains. 


The stock ranch was located on the Tongue River, ten miles north of Ashland, Montana. The photograph was taken by frontier photographer LA Huffman. Huffman arrived in the Miles City area in 1879 and was post photographer at nearby Fort Keogh. 


Huffman saw the change in the west from the decline of the great buffalo herd all the way up to the first streets in Miles City. He had a great respect for the cattle industry and worked alongside the people he photographed, putting his experience in ranching to work. He photographed the beginning, the heyday and the end of the open range days in Montana.


Photograph courtesy of the Montana Historical Society

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