100+ years of history. Now what?
April 2, 2018 Update: Nothing official announced yet, but word is from a TRNP Ranger, the site is and has been surveyed and it appears the buildings will be preserved and used as a year-round education center for children.
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 is part of the South Unit of the Theodore Roosevelt National Park. The architecture is revealing as one addition after another was added to the ranch house before it became part of the Park. It’s been 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.
The National Park Service is considering what to do with the property. What are your suggestions?
Link to the National Park Service photo above.
Link to the National Park Service article on the Peaceful Valley Ranch.
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Read more here about the South Unit of the Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Oh, and here is more information, too about the differences between the South Unit and the North Unit!