John Jarvie Ranch

(Browns Park UT)
John and his wife Nellie came to this remote, unsettled area in 1880, and established their ranch. They lived in a small dugout shelter the first year while developing the other structures and main house.

Jarvie Ranch House and Store

Situated on the Green River, they operated a ferry, store, blacksmith, raised cattle and crops, and served as postmaster for the area. It is now a state historic site

Dugout Shelter
Blacksmith Shop
Stables and Corral

The current main house and store was reconstructed like the original in 1984-5. They dug a small canal to a waterwheel which supplied water for their crops and herd.

Green River at Ranch
Wide View of Ranch

Tragically, John was murdered in 1909 by two drifters who mistakenly thought he was wealthy, but found nothing worth stealing from the ranch.

Camp: BLM-Indian Crossing CG
Scene: Historic ranch buildings

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4 Responses to John Jarvie Ranch

  1. Abel September 11, 2022 at 2:05 pm #

    Some really interesting pics Pleinguy. I wonder if they were Mormon.

    • Pleinguy September 12, 2022 at 4:04 pm #

      No telling about their religion. However, they provided much needed services for a remote area; important enough to be designated a state historic site.

  2. OFM September 11, 2022 at 2:30 pm #

    Another fantastic find. Thanks for letting us know about it.

    • Pleinguy September 12, 2022 at 4:01 pm #

      It was a good ways off the main highway, but worth the visit.

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