Sounds like quite a mash-up!

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Posted by Beej ( on 21:17:16 06/03/18

In Reply to: Is this posted by Geri

Let's see...what time period are they placing it in? We had our Montana vigilantes in the 1860's, we had Nelson Story trailing his beef herd in about 1866-67; he built up a pretty big ranch. In the 1870's there were some large Montana ranches developed near Helena and Great Falls (think "Lonesome Dove") by folks who graduated from the Vigilantes. In the 1890's, we had the Wyoming Johnson County War (more vigilante action), and a very large landowner in both Montana and Wyoming, who missed being lumped with the Wyoming cattle barons, because he was a Democrat and got the telegram late, Senator John B. Kendrick. Kendrick only had two children, a boy and a girl, neither of which were very interested in ranching. Kendrick land does not abut anything Yellowstone, but he did run cattle on the Crow reservation. While he may have sympathized with the large cattle interests, he also worked to develop the area around Sheridan, Wy for small ranchers, the polar opposite of the cattle barons.

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