Moon-Randolph Homestead

Beekeeper surrounded by bees at the Moon-Randolph HomesteadLess 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).

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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.

Click here to visit the Moon Randolph Homestead website

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Many thanks to our Moon-Randolph Homestead Supporters and Collaborators:

  • National Trust for Historic Preservation
  • Montana Community Foundation
  • City of Missoula Parks and Recreation Department
  • Five Valleys Land Trust
  • Historical Museum at Fort Missoula
  • Alternative Energy Resources Organization
  • Missoula Historic Preservation Advisory Commission
  • Montana Preservation Alliance
  • State of Montana Historic Preservation Office
  • Wilderness Institute, University of Montana
  • St. Patrick Hospital
  • Rossbach-Brennan Foundation
  • Artcraft Printers
  • Garden City Harvest
  • Home Resource
  • Yellowstone Pipe Line
  • Browning-Ferris Industries
  • Northside Neighborhood Association
  • Westside Neighborhood Association
  • Historical Research Associates
  • City of Missoula Open Space Advisory Committee
  • Environmental Studies Program, University of Montana
  • Montana Natural History Center
  • Save Open Space
  • Missoula City Parks, Recreation and Urban Forestry Board
  • Smart Growth Missoula
  • Montana Conservation Corps
  • Youth Homes, Inc  (and InnerRoads Wilderness Therapy)
  • Steele-Reese Foundation
  • Missoula Conservation District
  • Cinnabar Foundation
  • Celebrate Missoula Foundation
  • Montana Cultural Trust