Beartooth Ranch, the beginning…

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The beginningByron "Bine" and Cora Wood came to Montana in 1880.  Byron was among early prospectors in Nye City 7 years later.  In 1892 he moved back to the Stillwater Basin that had so impressed him.  Byron and Cora homesteaded what will become Beartooth Ranch.  They enjoyed summers, and endured the winters on this stunning property which sits on the Stillwater River just below Woodbine Falls.  They welcomed friends from Absarokee, family and even gold miners.  Woodbine Falls and Mount Wood were named after Byron, and Cora Creek which ran through the property, was named after his wife.  He soon added cattle raising to his business and operated the first "dude" ranch in the county.  In 1914, Mr Wood was involved in litigation with Minneapolis Mining Company, that corporation claimed that he had "squatted" on one of the claims they had established in 1884, and while he claimed his ownership, he felt that he had lost his freedom of his beloved hills and in 1921, sold out to Ed Ikerman.   



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