Special Projects in History, Collections, and Building Preservation
Historic Crail Ranch is a project of the Big Sky Community Corporation, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization which exists to promote, acquire, preserve, and maintain land, parks, trails, and easements for the use of the people of the Big Sky Community and general public.
Conservators Solving Crail Storage Problems
Heartfelt Thanks to Faithful Donors!
Last summer, the Crail Ranch Homestead Museum Conservators set an ambitious goal to bring another structure to the site to house all of these items and to serve as a staging area for Crail Ranch projects.
Now the Rotary Club of Big Sky is about to give the Conservators a big boost toward that goal. According to Rotarian Dr. Jeff Strickler, "For 2014 we were looking for a project, and helping another non-profit accomplish its goals seemed a perfect fit."
The new structure on the Crail Ranch will require additional assistance to make this a reality. Trenching for electricity, siding staining, and landscaping are among the many tasks needed to make the building fully functional. The Conservators appreciate any assistance in preserving Big Sky's past.
Donations may be made at any time by mail to Historic Crail Ranch,
PO Box 161315, Big Sky, MT 59716-1315
The Historic Crail Ranch and the Crail Ranch Homestead Museum survive and thrive these days through the help of volunteers and the generous financial support of a great many donors. Our THANKS go out to everyone who makes the work of the Conservators possible!
Back in the early 1900s, the Crails had a space problem -- a family of five living in a 255 square foot cabin....
Over 100 years later, Crail Ranch still has a space and storage problem!
The historic small cabin first occupied by the Crails is now a repository for museum support materials including chairs, tables, gardening equipment, canopies, etc.
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Visit Crail Ranch this Summer!
The historic buildings are open to visitors for free guided tours on weekends during July and August. An informative display on area history is open year-round in the Big Sky Visitor's Center. Summer Event Schedule
Publications and Recent Articles Available for Free Download
A key mission of the Crail Ranch Conservators is to research and publish articles pertaining to the history of the Crail Ranch and the Gallatin Canyon basin area now known as Big Sky. Many of these articles may now be downloaded free through our PUBLICATIONS web page.
No visit to Big Sky is complete without a visit to the Historic Crail Ranch Homestead Museum.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Crail Ranch buildings stand as a lasting reminder of the homestead era in Gallatin County, Montana.