DAYS LONG GONE FOR SHEEP GRAZING IN THE MOUNTAINS
In 1917 Ralph Jarrett purchased the 160 acre homestead from Tom Hawley. For a time the property was used to graze cattle, but then it became a resting spot for bands of sheep. Jarrett sheep were herded across the West Boulder divide from the home ranch on the north side of the Yellowstone River between Big Timber and Springdale. After trailing sheep for 35-40 miles herders stopped the bands at the Hawley Mountain property for 2-3 days. Pasture was grazed before moving the bands of sheep on up the mountain divide to government permits in the higher elevations close to Yellowstone Park.
Bringing the sheep out of the mountains for shipping was a sight to behold.....sheep as far as one could see! At one time around 30 ranchers took their sheep up the Boulder Road to use the government grazing permits, but now those sheep drives are a thing of the past. The last trip made by the Jarrett sheep was in 1973, as Bob Jarrett sold most of the sheep due to difficult restrictions on federal grazing lands.