It’s one thing to film at an iconic ranch, it’s another to just buy the whole thing.
But that’s exactly what Yellowstone just did.
As you may or may not know, the hit series Yellowstone is filmed at the glorious Chief Joseph Ranch in Darby, Montana. It sets the breathtaking scenes where the Dutton Ranch is located, but they don’t own it, they rent it from owner Shane Libel.
However, after Paramount Network signed an extensive contract with show creator Taylor Sheridan to create a number of spinoffs, they have announced plans for at least two of them on the horizon.
One will be a prequel titled Y:1883,and the other will star Ryan Bingham and Jefferson White, who will reprise their roles as Walker and Jimmy down at the iconic West Texas 6666’s Ranch. The very same ranch that Sheridan and Yellowstone are now under contract to purchase.
According to the KCBD, the ranches were on the market for a total of $347.7 million that features 266,000 acres across all three ranches (6666’s, Frisco Creek and Dixon Creek), as well as the cattle, horses, equipment, furniture, brand, name, and everything.
According to The Texas Spur, Sheridan (as the face of the buyers group) plans to continue running the working ranch and will continue to employ everybody that works there now (if they want to). A rancher himself, the legacy of the historic ranch is extremely important to him.
“I can’t comment on a pending transaction but I will say this: the legacy of the 6666 Ranch and Miss Marion’s vision for the ranch are vital not only to the ranch itself, but the rich heritage of ranching in Texas.
This legacy is so important to me I chose to highlight it in the upcoming season of ‘Yellowstone’ and will continue to further the legacy and preserve its operations in a manner consistent with that great vision.”
Founded by Captain Samuel Burk Burnett in the 1800s, it was left to his daughter Anne Valliant Burnett after his death. However in February of this year, Anne Burnett Marion, the owner and a descendant of Samuel, passed away and the property was put on the market.
This is the first time the ranch has been under contract since its founding in 1870.