Cant Ranch

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  • The highway follows the John Day River, passing just west of the Cant Ranch complex.
  • Hours of operation for the Cant Ranch and its cultural museum vary seasonally.
  • During the 1930s, there were at least seventeen buildings in the Cant Ranch complex.
  • The Cant Ranch national historic district is located along the John Day River in northeastern Oregon.
  • Today, the Cant Ranch offers visitors the opportunity to experience eastern Oregon's ranching heritage.
  • Today, there are eleven ranch buildings in the Cant Ranch Historic District.
  • Today, the Cant Ranch complex is preserved as an interpretive site showing visitors an early 20th-century livestock ranch.
  • By 1965, the Cant ranch covered plus an additional leased from the Bureau of Land Management.
  • Because the ranch played an important role in the commercial and social development of the John Day River Valley, the Cant Ranch was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on 21 June 1984.
  • In 2004, it became home to the Cant Ranch Historical Museum, with two rooms of public exhibits about the native cultures, the Canyon City gold rush, ranching, and other topics related to region.
  • There is a hiking trail, known as the Sheep Rock Overlook Trail, that begins at the Cant Ranch and leads to an overlook with a view of the valley.
  • While boundaries were never clearly defined, the site that is now the Cant Ranch was used for seasonal hunting and fishing camps by Warm Springs and Umatilla bands, both Sahaptin speaking Columbia Plateau peoples.
  • Ranger-led events at the monument have historically included indoor and outdoor talks, showings of an 18-minute orientation film, hikes in Blue Basin, Cant Ranch walking tours, and astronomy programs at the Painted Hills Unit.