This three-generation Montana ranch, consisting of 9,602+ total acres, is one of the greatest continuous landholdings in this section of the Treasure State. The property was established in 1877 by John Dutton and has been owned by his descendants ever since. Today, the ranch is operated as a cattle business and provides breeding stock to other producers.
The Dutton Ranch has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1979. It's also part of the Lewis and Clark County Heritage Area.
The ranch headquarters are located in central Park County, about 20 miles south of Great Falls. There are also outbuildings on the property used for storage and housing livestock workers.
It's estimated that the Dutton Ranch carries approximately 2,500 head of cattle at any given time. The herd is made up of purebred Angus cows and bulls with some Simmental and Charolais animals thrown in for good measure. The owners also raise sheep and horses on the property. In addition, they grow alfalfa and grain for livestock feed.
The Dutton family has run their ranch operation successfully for over 100 years now. In fact, they're one of the largest landowners within the county area.
These ranches are divided into three sections, totaling 266,255+ acres. The 6666's Ranch, located in Guthrie, Texas, is 142,372+ acres in size. It was established in 1872 by John William "Jack" Ward.
The ranch has been passed down within the family since then. Today, the 6666 Ranch is managed by Jack's great-great-grandson, James "Jim" Ward II. He is not involved in day-to-day operations but does have a hand in important decisions that need to be made on behalf of the company.
In addition to being a rancher, Jack was also a farmer and an oilman. He played an important role in the development of both Guthrie and its neighboring town, Parker, which is 30 miles away.
Parker was built near a large oil field that Jack owned. This is why you can still find evidence of oil production on the property today. In fact, there are over 1,000 feet of gas wells on the ranch itself.
Oil was first discovered on the 6666 Ranch in 1935. Over the next few years, more than 100 million cubic feet of natural gas were extracted from eight separate fields. This amount of gas would power about 150 homes for one year!
Later in the episode, Tom informs John, "You possess a ranch the size of Rhode Island." Rhode Island has a total land area of 776, 000 acres. So it's reasonable to think Yellowstone Ranch is around that size. Jenkins also claims that buying them out would cost roughly $14 billion. That'd be a lot of cows.
In reality, Yellowstone National Park has an estimated area of 1, 379, 840 acres and includes Grand Teton National Park in its vicinity. So if we assume that the ranches are all together comparable in size to Yellowstone National Park, then they're probably not more than 100,000 acres each. It's also worth mentioning that there are no farms in Yellowstone National Park; everything in the park is either natural or built by humans (such as lodges) so it can't be used as a source for statistics regarding farming practices in Wyoming. Overall, it's safe to say that Yellowstone Ranch is one of the largest privately owned tracts of land in America.
RANCHFLIP has $216.41 million in Montana ranches for sale, with a typical listing price of $915,000, or $1,865 per acre. Montana ranches for sale include a total of 116,000 acres, with an average listing size of 872 acres. There are currently only three homes on the market in Montana's Flathead County, all of which are outside of Kalispell.
In conclusion, buying a ranch for sale in Montana is very affordable. The median list price of ranches for sale in Montana is below the national average. In addition, there are many trusted ranch selling companies that can help sellers quickly find buyers for their land.
I looked up the acreage in Rhode Island and found 988,864 acres. I don't think they say it explicitly, but Jamie says in one of the first few episodes of season 1 that the ranch is now 200,000 acres larger than it was before he became their attorney. That's over 100 million dollars worth of land.
In conclusion, the Rhode Island ranch is huge.
According to my study, the average size of a farm and/or ranch in the United States today is less than 442 acres. According to the USDA, small family farms in the United States average 231 acres or less. A huge family farm is really 1,421 acres in size. And then there are mega-farms which are often factory operations that use machinery and many workers instead of families to get their products on the market.
In conclusion, a good-sized ranch is one that is between 200 and 500 acres in size.
It's over 500,000 acres, according to one of the initial episodes. Willa Hayes is willing to pay $10,000 per acre for 50,000 acres. At that price, the entire ranch is worth at least $3 billion. Later episodes raise that number even higher.
In reality, land prices in California during this time period were not nearly enough to justify a valuation as high as $3 billion. According to the Bureau of Land Management, the total value of all public lands in California was about $750 million in 1872, the first year that data are available. That number rose steadily until it reached $1.5 billion by 1896, when the state began selling land off into private ownership. By 2000, the total value of all public lands had increased to $7.9 billion.
Because the original series does not specify which part of California the Dutton Ranch is in, we can't say for sure what kind of land market it was referring to. But based on the timeline above, it seems likely that the ranch was located in Northern California.
In conclusion, the Dutton Ranch was valued at $3 billion in 1872, which is probably why Willa decided to buy it.