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W. C. Child Ranch, State Highway 279, Helena, Lewis and Clark County, MT



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HB743242
Photocopy Of Photograph (original In Collection Of Historical Society Of Montana) Main And Side Elevations, Showing Porch Used For Dancing

HB743243
Photocopy Of Original Photograph (original In Collection Of Historical Society Of Montana) Main And Side Elevations, Showing Awnings Lowered Over Porch

HB743244
Photocopy Of Photograph (original In Collection Of Historical Society Of Montana) Barn


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Location
State Highway 279, Helena vicinity, MT

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1933.

Notes
Survey number HABS MT-30
Significance: This 740 acre ranch was once part of a spread of nearly 3,000 acres acquired by W.C. Child, an early Montana prospector. He invested his mining fortune here, building a huge stone and wood barn, an "L" shaped 230' x 70' stone shed, and an octagonal stone house which apparently was used chiefly for parties. He called the place "White Face Farm," and stocked it with Hereford cattle. The financial panic of 1893 caught Mr. Child, and he was forced to assign the farm to Wilbur F. Sanders. Within a month Child was dead, and the place was ordered sold to satisfy his creditors. The present owner, Paul Kleffner, acquired the place in 1943. He has restored the house and barn and outbuildings, and they are in excellent condition. They are of unique design and construction, and are a good example of an early-day stock farm that is still operative today.

Subjects
Agriculture
Cattle Industry
Ranches


Related Names
White Face Farm
DeHaas, John, Historian
Silverman, Eleni, Historian


Collection
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. Photocopy of photograph (Original in collection of Historical Society of Montana) MAIN AND SIDE ELEVATIONS, SHOWING PORCH USED FOR DANCING
2. Photocopy of original photograph (Original in collection of Historical Society of Montana) MAIN AND SIDE ELEVATIONS, SHOWING AWNINGS LOWERED OVER PORCH
3. Photocopy of photograph (Original in collection of Historical Society of Montana) BARN


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