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Richard Sidwell
Sidwell Land and Cattle Co.

1410 acres in Sweet Grass County, Montana

Hwy 371, Melville , Montana 59011 - Sweet Grass County
$12,000,000 1410 Acres
4 beds 2 Bathrooms, 1 ½ Bathroom 3600 Sq.Ft.
Property ID 1061821



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The south central Montana address of the Ranch on the Sweet Grass is one of the best in the state. The ranch is located 2 miles west of Melville, Montana on State Highway 371 or 22 miles north of Big Timber, Montana on State Highway 191.

The ranch lies in the Sweet Grass valley beneath the majestic Crazy Mountains. The family owned ranch for over 80 years is one of the most desirable areas in Montana due to its scenic beauty, abundant wildlife, and strong grasses.

The economies of Big Timber and Livingston are composed mainly of agriculture and recreation. Big Timber, with its old-fashion Main Street, offers all the basic services and supplies. There is banking, lodging, medical doctors and medical facility to vehicle repair and dealerships. Big Timber is host to art galleries, with the artists living in Big Timber plus has a critically acclaimed award-winning restaurant. There is a paved airstrip available at the Big Timber Airport that can accommodate private jets. Livingston, one hour away offers the same and more with upscale restaurants, art galleries, flyfishing stores plus much more. Private aircraft including jets are accommodated at the Livingston Airport. Bozeman is 1 hours and Billings 1 hours away from the ranch with both cities having commercial airlines. These two cities have museums, orchestras, hospitals, and Montana State University campuses with Billings being a major medical center.


1,410+/- Deeded Acres

250+/- Flood Irrigated Crop Land

590+/- Irrigated Pasture (many acres suitable for crop development)

570+/- Pasture/Wooded Creek Bottom


The Ranch on the Sweet Grass has a 3,600-sq. ft. custom home with 4 bedrooms, 2 1/2 bath, custom kitchen, laundry room, mudroom, and wood burning stove with great views of the Crazy Mountains. There are 2 sets of good working corrals, barns, and a bunkhouse. The original homestead is well maintained with 2 bedrooms, 1 bath plus several log out buildings.

The ranch is home to The Cabin built in the 1880s. The Cabin has early history of the ranch and would make a great hunting camp with 2 bedrooms, back porch, living room, that could be used as a bedroom, plus a kitchen that has the original wood burning stove. There is a garage or store shed attached to The Cabin plus a barn and another storage shed.


A mile and half of Sweet Grass Creek traverses throughout the ranch. With the meandering creek bottoms the ranch is blessed with an abundance of deer plus many great trout fishing holes.

It has been reported the well at the house is bottle water quality. All irrigation water rights will transfer to the buyer at closing. The water rights date back to 1893 to 1904.

All of the now owned mineral rights transfer at closing.


The ranch has been run as a cattle and sheep operation.


The ranch has a colorful history from homesteader days. Migrants came to this area to homestead and they were not disappointed by the climate, grasses or of the fertile soils. Early Norwegian settlers organized the first Lutheran congregation in the state of Montana in 1885. In the shadows of the Crazy Mountains the church remains active in the community today. During the depression evidence of creativity to earn a living can still be found on the ranch.

A rural grade school is only 2 miles away. The school bus to Big Timber goes right by the gate to the ranch.

Presently the Ranch on the Sweet Grass has the charm desired by so many for a quieter life style found in the Big Sky State.


The availability of the Ranch on the Sweet Grass represents an opportunity to buy for the first time a family owned ranch for over 80 years in the Melville community. This is an area where ranchers neighbor with each other and its a great place to raise a family. The ranch is located within easy access to both the necessary services for ranching and a convenient distance to Montanas major cities and recreational features. This picture-perfect ranch shows pride of ownership.


Real Estate taxes for 2005 are $4,455.48




All information is from sources deemed reliable, but not guaranteed by the seller or the agent. Offering is subject to error, omission, prior sale, change or withdrawal without notice and approval of the purchase by the owner. We urge independent verification of each and every item submitted the satisfaction of the prospective purchaser.

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Richard Sidwell

Sidwell Land and Cattle Co.

PO Box 834
Columbus, MT 59019

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