The history of local homesteaders becomes a vivid reality when you meet the characters on the Miller Ranch.
The year is 1904. Mrs. Miller, with the help of ranch hand William Thomas, maintains the cabin, barn, corral, bunkhouse, root cellar and sawmill while Mr. Miller tends cattle on the open range.
Nearby, Bend's population is booming.... Stockmen, buckaroos, sheep herders, timber cruisers, miners and gamblers have descended on the boomtown. You might even meet one.
Timber industry tycoon Alexander Drake is spearheading the area’s development. The Millers recently joined other homesteaders to buy a used sawmill from the U.S. Army. Now they can mill timber for barns, sheds, bunkhouses and other projects instead of buying lumber from distant mills.
Stop by and see what life was like for local homesteaders more than a hundred years ago. Your kids will actually love doing chores around the ranch such as digging in the garden, washing the laundry, or cross-cutting firewood. And when they're finished they can enjoy frontier life by playing one of several vintage games. (Activities vary seasonally). On the weekends during the winter months, stop by and warm up by the stove while listening to tales of homestead life.
11:00 to 4:00 daily June through August
11:00 to 3:00 weekends September through May (weather permitting)
Miller Family Ranch Heirloom Chickens
Different animal breeds are developed for different purposes. The Millers’ Faverolles chickens are a heritage breed well-suited to cold, wet, and low-light climates. In 1904, Faverolles won numerous recommendations at the St. Louis World’s Fair and were advertised in national magazines. The breed’s distinctive feathered feet, beards and fluffy plumage ensure that they are rarely cold and continue to lay in the winter.