Centered in the rugged Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument, just 4 miles north of the Missouri River is 800+/- acres, offered for sale for the first time since the family currently in possession purchased the property almost 90 years ago.
This primarily flat grazing land, measuring approximately 3 miles long and 1/2 mile wide, is bordered to the east and west by canyon walls creating natural barriers and fenced on the north and south ends. Cow Creek runs the length of the property and maintains water year-round, providing an excellent water source for livestock. Cottonwood trees grow along the creek where remnants of the original log structure homestead still stand.
The secluded location allows for big game to be prevalent on the property. Elk and Deer are common, and Big Horn Sheep have been known to reside in the area. A local rancher reported one winter that a herd of 500 elk had made their home on the property.
There are no man-made structures on the property with the exception of the remainder of the homestead cabin, nor is there power or a well. This property is truly a rare piece of untouched Montana history. The location within the Upper Missouri Breaks National Monument prohibits the surrounding property from future development and allows game and wildlife to flourish.
Four-wheel drive pickups have accessed the property in the past, but roads have deteriorated and in recent years the only access to the property has been to ride in horseback or on ATV's. The majority of land surrounding the property is managed by the Bureau of Land Management and access is only available on established BLM trails.
The properties' history is rich. The Nez Perce Indians are reported to have frequented the area and crossed the property in 1877 on a trek to what they hoped be to Canada, but instead ended in their last battle and stand at the Bear Paw Battle field. From 1863-1880 the Oxen Freight Cow Island Trail made its way through the property transporting freight intended to go upstream by steamboat to Fort Benton, Montana, and there is evidence of a wagon train ambush within the boundary lines. Originally homesteaded by Joseph Schellengerger in 1896, this property has changed hands minimally since the original patent.
Northwest Realty is proud to represent this one-of-a-kind property and hopes the new buyer finds the location, scenery and history as fascinating as we do.