Today we visited the Grant-Kohrs National Historic Site. Conrad Kohrs was the Cattle King of Montana, but it was a kingdom without borders and his subjects were the cattle that ranged freely across millions of acres of public land. He was born in Germany in 1835 and arrived in the territory with only the clothes on his back and what he could carry in his bedroll. He began building his empire in Deer Lodge Valley. His heirs managed to keep all the records of the business and furnishings of the ranch houses intact. In 1977 it opened to the public as a historic site.
Also went to the Old Montana Prison Complex which was relocated west of town in 1970. The Old Montana Prison, built by inmate labor during the latter part of the 19th century and into the 20th century, was home for Montana’s convicted criminals. Much of the facility stands just as it was when the last inmates were ushered out to the new facility.