My friend Dave Barnett and I traveled from Indiana and Illinois to ride in SD, WY and Mt. I had learned of the ranch from Trailrider Magazine, Kent & Charlene Krone had included it in one of their articles. We stayed at the rodeo grounds at Gardiner and a young lady named Jess recommend that we ride at the OTO Ranch. We rode the whole day there and rode up on the back side of the High Mountain. We had a great time, would recommend this ride to everyone.
We will go back someday and ride it again.
This is a really neat site! I followed your link from the Geocaching page on Facebook and I'm glad I did! Wonderful pictures, lots of fun. Enjoy your future endeavors, and I'll check back periodically for updates!
Camp Hill, Pa
Great pictures of the falls. What memories. My wife and I spent our honeymoon there back in 1984. I took her back there in November of 2009 to celebrate our 25th anniversary. This time we did three Geocaches while we were there. We also dropped off a TB called Anniversary Bug to celebrate our anniversary. We had a great time. Hoping to get back up there with our kids to let them see the falls and to find some more caches. Thanks for the memories. BigAl
My husband and I hiked up to OTO ranch in 2006. The hike up the mountain was worth every aching muscle I got that day. The Lodge building was very intriguing, the laundry room, and bunkhouses and the out houses well preserved. Thought it funny that the women had to use facilities outside the lodge and the men inside out of the elements. The newspapers and other artifacts of the day were amazingly in great condition. Would have loved to have one of the wrought iron beds standing against the wall. It was like stepping back in time. It was a great experience for us.
I truly hope they get to restore this ranch completely. Pictures on paper cannot replace the pictures of the experience I see in my memory.
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Hi and thanks for your input. The OTO Ranch is one of our favorite places. We hope to return there next summer.
I was pleased in a strange way to see that you had written some truth when reporting about the battle of Fort Mims. As a member of the Weatherford descendants, it would be nice if people understood that the battle of Fort mims was retaliation for the battle of burnt corn...except, the people of Fort mims were actually warned by family members to get the women and children out of the fort. At burnt corn, there was no warning to the Indians..why wasn't THAT called a massacre by whites ?
Guess how you see things depends on which blood you have.
Thank you for taking the time to comment, Sherri. I strive to portray everything on this site accurately and fairly and always value new information and opinions. I have to respectfully disagree with your characterization of the Battle of Burnt Corn as a massacre of Creeks. If the Creek braves had been hunting or unarmed or tried to surrender and were killed, that would be a massacre. But there's no evidence of any of that. People transporting weapons and supplies to use against you are a legitimate military target and hitting them without warning is the preferred tactic. The militia got the jump on them, then stopped to loot the supplies. The braves got out of danger, re-grouped and counter-attacked. That is exactly what they should have done. They drove off the militia force which outnumbered them 2 to 1. You could call the militia attack an ambush, a sneak attack or dirty fighting but from a military point of view, it wasn't a massacre. In fact, in the end, they got the worst of it. But it was definitely an escalation of a hostile environment to a hot war. Each side blamed the other for starting it. Sometimes it's all a matter of perspective. You're right on that point.