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Vincent Ranch, Hamilton, Montana, 1914


American Television Drama Series

Paramount Network 2018

Yellowstone follows the Dutton family, led by John Dutton (Kevin Costner), who controls the largest contiguous ranch in the United States. In the story, the ranch is set near the town of Bozeman, Montana. The actual ranch is located in the beautiful Bitterroot Valley at 125 Appaloosa Trail in Darby, Montana. It is located 17 miles south of the old Vincent Ranch in Grantsdale/Hamilton and 14 miles from Sleeping Child School where Flossie met Frank Vincent at a community dance. Yellowstone premiered 100 years after Flossie and Frank married in 1918.


In the television series, Dutton’s ranch is under constant attack by those it borders; land developers, an Indian reservation, and America’s first National Park. Yellowstone is an intense study of a violent world far from media scrutiny, where land grabs make developers billions, and politicians are bought and sold by the world's largest oil and lumber corporations. It is the best and worst of America seen through the eyes of a family that represents both.The Paramount Network has announced that Yellowstone, has been picked up for a fourth season.  It is expected to debut in summer 2021.

History of the Ford – Hollister Ranch

In 1914, the 2,500-acre ranch was purchased by the glass tycoon William S. Ford, and Federal Judge Howard Clark Hollister, both from Ohio. The ranch, at the time of purchase, was a thriving apple orchard.  Using both log and stone native to the grounds, William Ford began a three-year endeavor to build one of the great log structures of the American West, the Ford-Hollister Lodge. Designed by the architectural firm of Bates & Gamble, the 6,000 square foot lodge is the quintessential western backdrop for the production of Yellowstone.


Native American, Chief Joseph, led his people across the ranch in his flight from the U.S. Army during the Nez Perce War in the summer of 1877. The ranch property was homesteaded by settlers in 1880 and water rights were registered in 1884. It was originally known as the Shelton ranch. In the early 1950’s, the Ford - Hollister Ranch was sold and renamed the Chief Joseph Ranch, in honor of the great Nez Perce chief and his journey through the property.


Robert Vincent, September 4, 2020

John Dutton played by Kevin Costner


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We Remember Jennie and Clinton Vincent

By Marjorie Vincent – Coombs, 1977


Our great-grandmother, Hannah Jane (Jennie) Stephens – Vincent, was born on June 1, 1865 and was one of the first white children born in the Montana Territory. When Jennie was a young child, Chief Joseph and the Nez Perce Indians, were driven from their tribal lands in Idaho and harassed by the U. S. Army. The Nez Perce came to Montana seeking peace and an escape to Canada. The settlers, suspicious of their intent, and aroused to panic by the propaganda of the time, sprang into action to defend their families and their land.


The Stephens’ home was in the Deer Lodge Valley. Her father, Frank Stephens, and his team of strong horses were drafted into service to protect the settlers. In 1877 during the day, Jennie, then age 12, and her mother and younger brothers hid in the grain field fearful of attack at any time. At night Mrs. Stephens would creep cautiously back to the house to cook and prepare food for them for the next day.


Wild rumors spread throughout the Valley that the Indians were coming destroying everything before them. It was a fearful task for a young girl to undertake; to comfort her small brothers left in her care during those dark nights. It made a lasting impression on her.


The Indians never came to Deer Lodge. They passed through Darby in the Bitter Root Valley on their way to Big Hole, Montana, 45 miles southeast of Darby. An encampment of Nez Perce was ambushed at Big Hole by the U.S. Army. It was the last major battle of the Indian Wars in the Northwest. On October 5, 1877, Chief Joseph formally surrendered his forces to General Nelson A. Miles, and General Oliver Otis Howard, at Bear Paw Mountain, Montana Territory, ending the Nez Perce War of 1877. A monument to Chief Joseph and the Nez Perce now stands at the Big Hole National Battlefield.

Jennie Stephens married Clinton Joy Vincent on August 18, 1889 in Anaconda, Montana. They 

 had two children together; Frank, and Geneva. Clinton and Jennie moved to Hamilton, Montana in 1902 and operated a rooming house that later became the Dowling Mortuary. In 1910 they purchased the McHatton Ranch in Grantsdale which soon became known as The Vincent Ranch. Clinton and Jennie lived on the ranch for 32 years until Clinton Vincent’s passing in 1942.

We Remember Jennie and Clinton Vincent

By Marjorie Vincent – Coombs, 1977

Edited by Robert Vincent 

January 30, 2023

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