Lost Lake Ranch History

Lost Lake Ranch History

J. O. Patterson purchased homesteads in the late 1800’s as they became available. The ranch that he amassed was initially called “Lost Lake Land and Livestock”. By 1904, J.O. was appointed postmaster of Lost Lake. He began raising sheep, but later the livestock was converted to all cattle. J. O. retired after World War 2. His daughter, Anne Jurgens and her husband, Louis, took over the operation. They raised Hereford cattle and converted some of the land to farming.

In 1968, Bill and Dolores Harrer purchased this ranch and since then it has been called “Harrer’s Lost Lake Ranch“. The Hereford cattle were gradually changed to an all Angus operation, reflecting the Harrer Angus roots. The Great Plains Conservation was utilized to help build fences and lay pipelines in order to control grazing and water distribution. The land and buildings are owned by the Harrer family corporation. Maintaining and improving the environment is a primary goal of all. If you’re in Fort Benton, Loma, Carter, or Highwood, MT, we hope you contact us today!

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