Ranchester sits at the base of the beautiful Big Horn Mountains and has many opportunities for fishing, boating, hiking and viewing wildlife. History buffs can visit Fort Phil Kearny, Wagon Box, Fetterman, and Connor Battlefield sites on the historic Bozeman Trail.
Incorporated in 1911, Ranchester got its name from S.H. Hardin, who owned a local ranch encompassing several thousand acres. Town names in Hardin’s native England often ended in “chester,” so Hardin dubbed the town “Ranchester.” In addition to its namesake ranches, the town was the site of the loading dock for railroad ties hewn from harvested Big Horn Mountain timber and floated down the tie flume.