Less than two miles from downtown Missoula, history and culture intertwine at an old ranch in the Rattlesnake foothills. The City of Missoula purchased the 470-acre Randolph property in 1996 to preserve open space for animals, plants and people. The ranch at the northwest corner of the property—continuously cultivated for 100 years by the Moon and Randolph families—gradually began to draw the attention of curious and concerned citizens. In 1998 the NMCDC sponsored a community campaign to preserve the homestead, creating the Hill and Homestead Preservation Coalition (HHPC).
Since 2000, the NMCDC has managed the homestead through a cooperative agreement with the City of Missoula Parks and Recreation Department. This public-nonprofit partnership receives significant support from the private sector and provides an innovative model for collaborative community building. Hundreds of people have experienced the homestead’s special gifts. Each person takes away an imprint of the place: a glimpse of an owl in flight; the feel of a worn plow handle; the sound of laughter and apples falling from the crown of a tangled tree.
|H is for Homestead is now available for purchase!
•Open Days, Tours & Events
•Books and Art
•2003 Strategic Plan
•MR Caretaker Agreement
•MR Cooperative Management Agreement
•MR Conservation Easement
Contact Matthew LaRubbio and Meredith Turner:
1515 Spurlock Road
Missoula, Montana 59802
**All Homestead Photos by Caitlin DeSilvey and Russell Johnston