The R.V.D. Ranch was located up Bear Creek east of Dubois. Richard Dennison, part of the Dennison Paper Company in New Jersey was the owner. He first purchased the ranch in 1914 which consisted of about 5,500 acres and other portions that were leased.
The place was a true showpiece. Joe Hagstrom built the huge log house including the cobblestone fireplace in the main room which was a trophy room. Interestingly enough Mr. Dennison did not hunt, but purchased the mounts mostly from Africa.
The ranch was home to race horses and cattle. They were lucky enough to live in elaborate barns with hardwood floors too. The value of the Dennison livestock was $500,000 in the 1920’s. At one point sixteen thoroughbreds shipped from Lander to Kentucky then distributed among prominent racing strings of the south. The Jersey cattle were all registered and lived in a three-story barn that also stored 75 tons of hay. The horse barn was in a L shape and it could hold 150 tons of hay. The cattle barn is now the Trial Lawyers College classroom.
Next up for the Fremont County Museums
April 14th, 2pm at the Riverton Museum, “Rabbit Hide Painting”
McDonald’s Children’s Exploration Series
April 19th, 7:00pm at the Pioneer Museum, “150 Year Anniversary of Atlantic City” by Bob Townsend
Wyoming Community Bank Discovery Speakers Series
April 21st, 1-3pm at the Pioneer Museum, “Sheep Shearing Day”
McDonald’s Children’s Exploration Program
April 28th, 10am at the Pioneer Museum, “Lander Cemetery Trek”
Wind River Visitors Council Adventure Trek
The Dubois Museum, the Pioneer Museum in Lander and the Riverton Museum need your financial support. In the current economic environment the museums are more reliant than ever on donations from the private sector to continue to provide the quality programs, collections management, exhibits and services that have become their hallmark over the last three and half years. Please make your tax deductible contribution to be used specifically for the benefit of the museum of your choosing by sending a check to Fremont County Museums 450 N 2nd Rm 320 or taking it directly to the museum you choose to support.
Information is from Dubois Area History by Mary Allison.