|DVD Time Code = 01 55 24|
|Location: Range Road 252, east of Beiseker, AB|
|GPS: 51d 22m 18.24s -113d 25m 31.08s|
|Map / Satellite Image: Google Link|
|Site Name: Twist Ranch (Exterior)|
This is a well-hidden landmark; indeed the front is completely obscured by a dense thicket of Albertan caragana. Just as Ennis generally did, you will find it most convenient to approach from the rear. The structure, which has faded considerably since the film was made, is boarded up, albeit imperfectly.
The ranch is located on rural farmland in an area once occupied by Native Blackfoot peoples. They called the region “Clear Running Water.” A deep lake, said to be filled with old Blackfoot arrowheads, is 9 km away. The Canadian Railway established a rail line here in 1883. By 1909, the completion of irrigation canals permitted large scale cultivation of wheat and the area was homesteaded, largely by German families emigrating from Nebraska and Kansas.
The current owner of the house grew up on an adjacent farm. His family acquired the property in the late 1960s.
Pictures of surrounding area:
Revised 27 June 2015