Square Peg Ranch

Go backwards in time when you stay at historic Square Peg Ranch. The name Square Peg goes back to the 1940’s and possibly the 30’s. The owner’s name was Peggy Causey who was apparently quite a character – her children said she was a “square peg in a round hole”, hence the name Square Peg Ranch.

The log home rentals are just north of the “Polebridge Intersection” on the left. Look for the sign “Square Peg Ranch”. From these rustic cabins, you can view the majestic Livingston Range in Glacier National Park, with Spring Creek just outside the cabins’ doors. The log homes are one mile (1.6 km) from the Polebridge entrance to Glacier National Park.

Food can be easily cooked at the cabins. Another option is the Northern Lights Saloon and Café open end of May to the end of October, seven days a week, 4pm to 9pm for food and much later for drinks. The Polebridge Mercantile also has a great selection of baked goodies and basic groceries.

Charlie Wise Homestead

The original Charlie Wise homestead from circa 1918. The log outhouse was featured in a book of outhouses, as well as a magazine for Montana State University. Newspaper article about Charlie Wise are in picture frames on the wall of the homestead also called the South Cabin.

Occupancy up to 4 people, $100 + 7% tax ( for 2 people) a weeknight, add $20 for Friday and Saturday nights, $20 for each additional person and 3 nights minimum rental required!

Here is what the owner of the place, John Frederick, writes:

Charlie Wise was a Canadian who led a rough, wild life. About 1918 Charlie’s baby girl swallowed a pin or button during the winter so Charlie carried the baby in his arms to a doctor. In those days it took two days to travel to Columbia Falls and probably longer if there was snow.. By the time he arrived in Columbia Falls, the baby died. When he returned home his wife had died of influenza.

Some time later he rented the house to Ralph Thayer who laid out most of the Forest Service trails in the North Fork. Across the road was a log school house at the time. One of the students told me some time ago that Thayer’s wife burnt the school down because “she didn’t like us kids around.” An archaeological dig a few years ago confirmed that it was burnt down with everything still inside.

During the severe flooding of 1964 Charlie Wise opened the doors of his not very fancy house in Canada  along the bank of our North Fork of the Flathead River, a short distance past the border, to clean his home. He died later the same year in Canada at 88 years old while guarding an old well site up there. Our friend Larry Wilson found him dead on the bridge and covered him with a blanket. Some thirty years later Charlie’s long-lived girlfriend told me she should have married him. She said, “What a man.”

one master bedroom with double bed and living room with antique, oak double bed from the 1800’s and a hide-a-bed couch, that can be used in front of the fireplace,

“stuffed” easy chairs, couch and cocktail table,

wood heater dated 1898, rock fireplace, screen and utensils,

small tables, freestanding coat rack,

propane lights and propane refrigerator,

one Irish, wood cooking range and propane range for cooking and baking,

wooden kitchen table and chairs,

silverware, sharp knives, steel skillets, cast iron skillets, dishpans, coffee cups, large plates, drinking cups, small pots, coffee pot, cooking pots, cookie sheets, pie pans, shallow baking pans, hot pads,

cold running water in summer (not potable – boil 5 minutes) Persons using the cabins do not have a safe drinking water, supply available on premises; drinking water is available at the North Fork Hostel – ¾ mile (1.2 km) away. Containers must be brought with you to obtain safe drinking water at the North Fork Hostel

solar shower during sunny days next to the log home ( there are showers at the hostel for $ 10 available)

stocked woodshed,

unique log outhouse.

Square Peg Ranch Guest Cabin

(27′ x 21′) completed in 1955

Only available May trough September.
Occupancy up to 6 people, $100 + 7% tax ( for 4 people) a weeknight, add $20 for Friday and Saturday nights, $20 for each additional person and 3 nights minimum rental required!

one master bedroom (9’x 10′) with a double bed and loft (11′ x 20′) with two double beds

“stuffed” easy chairs, couch and cocktail table,

wood heater, rock fireplace, screen and utensils,

small tables, freestanding coat rack,

propane lights and propane refrigerator,

one Montgomery Ward wood cooking range and propane range for cooking and baking,

kitchen table and two 4′ rustic, homestead benches,

silverware, sharp knives, steel skillets, cast iron skillet, dishpans, coffee cups, large plates, drinking cups, small pots, coffee pot, cooking pots, cookie sheets, pie pans, shallow baking pans, hot pads,

cold running water in summer (not potable – boil 5 minutes) Persons using the cabins do not have a safe drinking water supply available on premises; drinking water is available at the North Fork Hostel – ¾ mile (1.2 km) away. Containers must be brought with you to obtain safe drinking water at the North Fork Hostel.

solar shower during sunny days next to the Charlie Wise Homestead ( there are showers at the hostel for $ 10 available)

stocked woodshed,

log outhouse.

For Your Information (North Cabin)

Water is not potable, please boil for five minutes- you also can get drinking water at the hostel. Dish washing:
wash (warm soapy water)
Rinse (cold water)
Sanitize (cold water + ½ cap bleach)
Please wash and put away all dishes.

Please do not leave water in pots during freezing weather. They will freeze and break. It is best to tell us if the propane refrigerator is acting up. They are tricky to deal with.

Regarding the damper in the fireplace: towards you is open; to back is closed.

The Heater is not a propane heater, but a wood-burning Heater; Make certain the ashes are removed from the front part of the stove. Open both knobs up, governing the draft to start a fire. Once the fire is burning well, turn the knobs down to medium or low. Leave the ash door as it is difficult to close and makes the fire difficult to control.

Please replace firewood and kindling in the cabin for the next person.

How to light propane lights: please first light match or lighter and hold it near (touch with the flame and not the match) the mantle inside the glass bowl and than turn gas on. Mantels are fragile to touch. Do not turn gas on first. To extinguish, turn gas off.

Solar shower is located south of the South cabin. Use during warmth of day for best results. ( The hostel has showers for $ 10).

If you need supplies for the outhouse or find any problems, please let us at the hostel know.

Pack in and Pack out!
Please take out all your garbage and trash! Do not leave any of it outside! This is grizzly country!

Note: Please leave the place like you found it, so we can maintain our low rates.
If the cabin requires cleaning after use or any trash needs to be removed we will take the money out of your security deposit.

For Your Information (Charlie Wise Homestead)

Water is not potable, please boil for five minutes- you also can get drinking water at the hostel. Dish washing:
wash (warm soapy water)
Rinse (cold water)
Sanitize (cold water + ½ cap bleach)
Please wash and put away all dishes.

Please do not leave water in pots during freezing weather. They will freeze and break.

It is best to tell us if the propane refrigerator is acting up. They are tricky to deal with.

To light Kitchen Wood stove: After laying paper and kindling in cooking range, put lit piece of paper in little door at base of stovepipe, you will smoke yourself out.

To start fire in Wood stove open flap at air vent briefly, but after fire is going well, turn open draft about one turn at most. Never close air vent completely.

To set fire for the night or when it becomes too warm, open back draft on floor. It acts like a damper and slows down fire. Use clothes pins at bottom to keep back draft open.

Please replace firewood and kindling in the cabin for the next person.

How to light propane lights: please first light match or lighter and hold it near (touch with the flame and not the match) the mantle inside the glass bowl and than turn gas on, mantles are fragile. Do not turn gas on first. To extinguish, turn gas off.

Solar shower is located south of the South cabin. Use during warmth of day for best results. ( The hostel has showers for $ 10).

If you need supplies for the outhouse or find any problems, please let us at the hostel know.

Pack in and Pack out!
Please take out all your garbage and trash! Do not leave any of it outside! This is grizzly country!

Note: Please leave the place like you found it, so we can maintain our low rates.
If the cabin requires cleaning after use or any trash needs to be removed we will will have to charge you for the service

Thank you for your cooperation!

 

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