between White Sulphur Springs and Townsend, Montana - Spring 1887.
The Flynn Ranch is in the background.
Ranch of Townsend, Montana is a 5th generation "Working Ranch",
steeped in the tradition of the old West yet progressive and
innovative so to remain economically viable in the fast-paced times of
space travel and the internet. The ranch has roots extending far into
the past, settled by Jefferson and Anthony Sharp in 1873. Anthony's
stepson Claude Flynn then started cutting grass hay with horse drawn
mowers, baling it with a stationary baler and hauling it with wagons
to the railroad for transport. Electricity reached the ranch in 1940
which led to refrigeration replacing the 'icebox'. As the ranch has
evolved over the years with the passing of generations and the
additions of property and improvements, it has in essence become
bigger than the sum of its parts. Those of us following in the
footsteps of the pioneers have truly large boots to fill.