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Gypsy Journal RV: Ninemile Remount Depot

From the bloggers at Gypsy Journal RV

At first glance the Ninemile Remount Depot, with its white fences and Cape Cod style buildings, might lead you to believe you have been transported to a Kentucky horse farm, but one look upward at the mountains looming in the distance reminds you that you are still in western Montana.

Located just west of Missoula, the historic Ninemile Remount Depot was established by the Forest Service in 1930 to provide trained pack animals and packers for firefighting efforts. For 23 years the Depot’s nine mule, one horse pack trains were the Forest Service Northern Region’s lifeline. During fire season, up to twenty pack trains were ready to carry the equipment needed to fire lines. The Depot’s mules were also used to carry the materials needed in trail construction and building lookout towers and bridges in the back country. Packers from Ninemile were known throughout the Northwest as the best in the business.

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