M L Ranch
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M L Ranch
M L Ranch
Mason-Lovell bunkhouse NPS1.jpg
M L Ranch bunkhouse
M L Ranch is located in Wyoming
M L Ranch
M L Ranch is located in the US
M L Ranch
Nearest city Lovell, Wyoming
Coordinates 44°49?49?N 108°9?28?W / 44.83028°N 108.15778°W / 44.83028; -108.15778Coordinates: 44°49?49?N 108°9?28?W / 44.83028°N 108.15778°W / 44.83028; -108.15778
Area 5.7 acres (2.3 ha)
Built 1883
NRHP reference # 92000836[1]
Added to NRHP July 15, 1992

The M L Ranch was established by Henry Clay Lovell and his financial backer Anthony Mason in Wyoming's Big Horn Basin in the late 1870s to the south of the present location. The second and final location was established farther north as a cattle line camp in 1883 to be closer to markets in Billings, Montana. In 1884 it became the headquarters for a ranch that reached 25,000 acres (10,000 ha) in area. The bad winter of 1886-87 killed half the stock on the ranch, more than 10,000 head., but the M L fared better than most. Mason died in 1892. Lovell died in Oregon in 1903.[2]Lovell, Wyoming was named in his memory.[3] The Lovell family ran the ranch until 1909. In the early 1960s the ranch was purchased by the Bureau of Reclamation as part of the Bighorn Lake reservoir project. In 1966 the headquarters site was transferred to the National Park Service as part of Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area.[4][5]

The M L Ranch was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on July 15, 1992.[1]


  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ "Mason-Lovell Ranch Part Two - A Cruel Winter To The End Of An Era". National Park Service. Retrieved 2012.
  3. ^ "Henry Lovell". Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area. National Park Service. Retrieved 2012.
  4. ^ "M L (Mason Lovell) Ranch". Wyoming State Historic Preservation Office. Retrieved 2012.
  5. ^ "Mason-Lovell Ranch". National Park Service. Retrieved 2012.

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