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Welcome home to this beautiful west end rancher! This zero threshold home is being built with attention to detail. With a large island and big…

Over the course of his life Thomas McGirl co-founded the first stage line in the area, operated a ferry boat across the Yellowstone River near Huntley, opened a meat market, was one of the area’s earliest cattle ranchers, farmed and in his old age helped fund the Billings YMCA.

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Native Americans who frequented the area often called it the “land of big snows.” In 1806, William Clark christened it Hot Springs Valley. Early trappers used the French word trou (hole), to describe a wide-open basin between mountain ranges. And the homesteaders and ranchers, who moved into these bottomlands in the 1880s, adopted this term for the Big Hole Valley. Later, in the days when hay was piled high like giant loaves of bread, it was often referred to as the “valley of 10,000 hay stacks.”

BOZEMAN — Researchers have known for years that the current and projected impacts of climate change present challenges for agricultural productivity, with potentially serious consequences for farm and ranch livelihoods. But what hasn’t been clear is what this means for farmers’ and ranchers’ mental health.

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“The country which borders the river is high broken and rocky, generally imbeded with a Soft Sand Stone. higher up the hill the Stone is of a brownish yellow hard and gritty... this Countrey may with propriety I think be termed the Deserts of America, as I do not Conceive any part can ever be Settled, as it is deficient in water, Timber & too Steep too be tilled.”

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