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. And 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.
The Homestead’s current caretakers are Caroline Stephens and Katie Nelson. Be sure to say hello next time you visit.
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The homestead is open to the public Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., May through October. Private tours for school groups and community organizations can be arranged on request, and the homestead is available for gatherings, weddings, and private events during the open season. Please contact the caretakers via email for more information or to arrange a visit: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Getting to the Homestead
1515 Spurlock Rd.
Missoula, MT 59802