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Gothic-arch barn has met ranch needs for more than a century


July 22, 2020

In 1901 George Petrie homesteaded an area north of Turner known as Mutton Hollow. This Gothic arch style barn was built in 1916 on the Louie Petrie Ranch. Gothic-arch style barns were popular on western ranches and farms until the 1930's.

I saw the bright red barn on the Louie Petrie Ranch during the Montana Angus tour a couple of years ago. Sonny and Nellie Obrecht told me some of the history of the barn at that time but only recently was I able to visit the Big Flat and learn about the barn. In 1901 George Petrie came from Minnesota and homesteaded the main part of the ranch a few miles north of Turner and still referred to as Mutton Hollow. Three generations of the Petrie family currently operate the ranch. George Petrie's great, great grandson Tyrel, and wife Lindsey, are the fifth generation working the ranch.

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