Dude ranching keeps couple on Montana property
July 27, 2009
SUSAN GALLAGHER Associated Press Writer WOLF CREEK
Zack Wirth realized more than 15 years ago that the economics of ranching would not let him make a living on his ancestral home, a scenic slice of Montana tucked in the Rocky Mountains between Helena and Great Falls. Wirth had a cow-calf operation on the Rocking Z Ranch but needed to supplement the livestock income with other work. He tried selling automobile parts from here to Albuquerque, and failed. He was self-employed in the construction business, until its physical toll caught up with him in his late 40s. Looking for something easier...