A Cowboys Dream The 1880's Guest Ranch

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The 1880’s Ranch is a True Old West Town! A old but modern guest ranch left to be a ghost town. Its time to bring it back to life!
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Justin Ripley
Small Business
Anaconda, Montana
United States
1 Team Member

The Dreamer AKA Justin Ripley

First off please let me thank you personally for taking the time to consider this dream. I grew up farming in Southern Indiana, always longing to live out west and wishing I had lived in the Old West times. I finally got a job on a Dude Ranch near Gunnison, Colorado, the plan being that I would work for the summer then return to my career as a Registered Veterinary Technician. To my surprise, the owners of the ranch asked me to stay on full time as their ranch manager. I agreed, trying not to show my excitement, and got hooked from that point! I have been managing Guest Ranches for well over 6 years now. In that time I learned all the aspects of running a ranch and working with marketing. I have extensive experience in horsemanship, customer service, and management.

For the past year or so I have been longing to run my own ranch. One day while playing on Google I came across this ad for an 1880’s ranch in Montana. As soon as I opened the page, my dream was right in front of me! I did a little research and contacted the owner for a showing. Packed up for a long weekend and I was off, all the while thinking even if all I get is a tour and pictures at least I have gotten to see a true old west town. The problem with that is that I can’t stop dreaming about the place and how I would run it.

I understand reaching out for help  to achieve my dream may be a long shot, but why not try? I have all the skills needed to run a ranch and do it very successfully. I have a nice following of guests that would love to see me succeed and would be supportive. I have at this time managed three ranches and know what works and what doesn’t. I deeply believe this ranch can make a very nice profit return in just a few years, now I just need you to believe that and believe in me!

The Ranch:

The 1880’s Guest Ranch is a unique opportunity!  The Guest Ranching business offers a western experience to its guest that includes horseback riding, rafting, and hiking.   The 1880’s Guest Ranch can offer all of those activities and a True Old Western Town experience with a Saloon, Jail, Boarding House, Period Cabin, and Main Street that makes you feel like its 1880!  The Guest Ranching Business does not have anything like this.  When you think of a Guest Ranch Vacations what is the first thing that comes to mind?  A True Old West Town maybe?  If so then this is the ranch that needs to be up and running instead of lying still like a ghost town!

Donated Funds:

Our goal is $250,000 to be used as the down payment on the ranch to secure the loan needed to purchase the ranch.  The more we rise the less we will need to mortgage and those funds will go towards improvements to open.

What you can do:

Just a small donation gets me closer to living my dream and I thank you for anything you can do to help!  If you are unable to donate please just pass the word around because the more people who see this dream the better chance I have of it coming true.

www.1880sguestranch.com

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    Calamity Jane

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    Anne Oakley

    I will send you a hand written letter from the heart, and your name will appear on the website as one of my angels to make the dream come true.

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    Buffalo Bill

    Hand written thank you from the heart, engraved sign with your western saying and name in the Saloon.

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    Billy The Kid

    Half Week Stay 3 nights 4 days for 8 to 10 people Value: 1st year $6800 (based on 6 adults and 4 children) Value: 2nd year $8500 (based on 6 adults and 4 children) Value for each year after will be no less then $8500 Investment pays for its self in 2yrs Buy out option in 10yrs or roll over Own a Piece of an Old West Town

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    Doc Holliday

    1 week stay 6 nights 7 days for 8 to 10 guest (either 1 full week or split up over the year) Value: 1st year $12,000 (based on 6 adults and 4 children) Value: 2nd year $15,000 (based on 6 adults and 4 children) Value for each year after will be no less then $15,000 Investment pays for its self in 2yrs Buy out option in 10yrs or roll over Own a piece of an Old West Town

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    The Earps

    ¼ share in Profits 2 week stay a year for 8 to 10 guest Value: 1st year $24,000 (based on 6 adults and 4 children) Value: 2nd year $30,000 (based on 6 adults and 4 children) Value for each year after will be no less then $30,000 Investment has paid a quarter back just in first 2 years Decision making with marketing, buildings and major changes to the town Own a piece of an Old West Town

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