This is a spectacular property. The home consists of a beautifully restored 1926 log cabin with new 1070 s.f. addition, including Master Bedroom and Bath, Guest Bedroom with half-bath, Loft with sleeping and office areas, Kitchen, and Great Room with a wall of windows to bring the forest landscape front and center. A stone see-through gas fireplace transitions the new Great Room addition into the log cabin area, and is a perfect anchor to the center of the home. All of the electronic amenities for today's living (TV, phone, internet), are in place in the main house, and help to perfectly join the new and restored areas with the many historic and valuable original furnishings. There are several very unique features to the property including a washbowl in the master bath crafted from a metal pan used for mining that came from the Independence gold mine. The pan was cleaned and drilled to be used as the bowl, and a "sluice" for the faucet was custom designed for water. The cabinet was an original piece in the historic cabin.
The fully outfitted and modern Kitchen has electric stove, dishwasher, refrigerator, and abundant cabinetry and countertops. Windows above the counters and a door to the back porch make this space very bright and cheery. There are plenty of outlets along the countertops for appliances, roll-out shelves in the lower cabinets, and under-cabinet lighting. This a very efficient and pleasant kitchen. The image of a bear, custom tiled into the floor of the kitchen entrance, has historic significance as a giant grizzly, who locals named "Scarface," wandered the forest in this area for decades and eventually died on the back porch of this cabin.
The cozy guest cabin and bathhouse were new in 2007. The bathhouse includes skylights, jetted tub, shower, and laundry. A second old "miner's cabin," also restored, completes the 3-cabin guest quarters. The bathhouse has two separate rooms with separate entrances, each with skylight, shower, sink, and toilet. One of them has a jetted tub, the other has the laundry. Quality construction of all improvements was extremely important to the owner.
An oversized two-car garage has work area, and plenty of space for vehicles and equipment.
Access to the Boulder River, a blue ribbon trout stream, is a brief walk along the forest boundary, which joins the property close to the house.
The sale includes a patented claim on Historic Independence Mine, for which the town of Independence was named. The gold mine is about 7 miles further south on the Boulder Road, and can be accessed by 4-wheeler. With some improvements the road could be opened again for cars or trucks. The mine has not been worked for many years, but with improvements could be opened again.
Information about the town of Independence and the gold mine for which the town was named, and the grizzly bear, Scarface, can be found at the Crazy Mountain Museum in Big Timber, MT.