Less than two miles from downtown Missoula, history and culture intertwine at an old ranch in the Rattlesnake foothills. The City of Missoula purchased the 470-acre Randolph property in 1996 to preserve open space for animals, plants and people.
The ranch at the northwest corner of the property — continuously cultivated for 100 years by the Moon and Randolph families — gradually began to draw the attention of curious and concerned citizens. In 1998 the North Missoula Community Development Corporation sponsored a community campaign to preserve the homestead, creating the Hill and Homestead Preservation Coalition (HHPC.) Since 2000, Parks and Recreation has managed the homestead through a cooperative agreement with NMCDC.