Restored — 100+ years of history
The $5.5 million Peaceful Valley Ranch restoration project is finished. Crews restored windows, siding and repaired floors on the house and updated the outbuildings. They are much like they were originally — and that is a great reason to visit the site in the South Unit of the Theodore Roosevelt National Park.
Have you visited the TRNP Peaceful Valley Ranch?
What’s next for this historic ranch? It’s hosted trail rides and visitors for decades.
Once a working ranch, now it takes on a new role at the South Unit of the Theodore Roosevelt National Park. The architecture revealed that one addition after another was added to the ranch house before it became part of the Park. Now it is remodeled and repaired under the National Park Service’s direction.
Gerry Paddock, a contemporary of the Marquis de Mores and Theodore Roosevelt may have been the first rancher here.
Benjamin Lamb in 1885 built the house and then added a log cabin lean-to as a kitchen.
Until 2014, guided trail rides were launched from here. Three of the original ranch buildings still stand, and the site is listed on the National Historic Registry.
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The National Park Service article on the Peaceful Valley Ranch explains more of the history.
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It’s going to be a while before the scenic loop in the park is open again. It appears a 5-mile section of the most slippery section of the road will cost nearly $40 million to repair — and it may not be done until the end of 2022.