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For Sale: The Darwin Ranch

From: Addie Goss
Length: 08:27

A Wyoming tradition is up for sale.

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The Darwin Ranch sits deep in the Gros Ventre River valley.  Its physical beauty – untouched forests, snowy vistas, mountains on all sides – is the kind that often draws outsiders to Wyoming.  This ranch has been collecting outsiders for decades. In several cases, it has captured those people and completely re-oriented their lives.  

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The Darwin Ranch sits deep in the Gros Ventre River valley.  Its physical beauty – untouched forests, snowy vistas, mountains on all sides – is the kind that often draws outsiders to Wyoming.  This ranch has been collecting outsiders for decades. In several cases, it has captured those people and completely re-oriented their lives.  

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HOST: The Darwin Ranch sits deep in the Gros Ventre River valley. Its physical beauty – untouched forests, snowy vistas, mountains on all sides – is the kind that often draws outsiders to Wyoming. This ranch has been collecting outsiders for decades, and in many cases, capturing those people and completely re-orienting their lives. Wyoming Public Radio’s Addie Goss has this portrait of a community drawing to a close.

GOSS: The Darwin Ranch is an in-holding, an old homestead in the national forest. There are no cattle, and no cowboys. Just a spattering of small log cabins, twelve guests, eight staff, and the silence of being 10 miles from anyone else. Each morning, the sun lights up red cliffs in the Gros Ventre Wilderness. Ground squirrels scramble over frosted grass.

GOSS: A weary horse breathes in the pasture.

GOSS: The ranch feels small, and...
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HOST: A unique Wyoming institution is up for sale … an institution most Wyomingites have probably never heard of. The Darwin Ranch sits deep in the Gros Ventre River valley. Its physical beauty – untouched forests, snowy vistas, mountains on all sides – is the kind that often draws outsiders to Wyoming. This ranch has been collecting outsiders for decades – and in many cases, capturing those people and completely re-orienting their lives. Wyoming Public Radio’s Addie Goss has this portrait of a community drawing to a close.

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