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Old Dunn Road

Power of a PLWA hat

The Old Dunn Road is now a trail but it provides access to a mile and a half of the upper Yellowstone River near Emigrant, Montana. Other roads on different locations now serve the purpose once provided by the Old Dunn. road.

Because of access and historic values the Park County Commissioners did not abandon the 60 foot easement on the road . Instead, they turned it into a non motorized trail.

In 2007 a developer, planning a large subdivision, requested the easement be abandon. The commissioners refused and a Memorandum of Understanding was signed to the effect that the trail would remain open to the public with interpretative signs and trail head facilities.

Recently members of the public reported that all public signs had been removed and a locked gate had been installed at the trail head of the Old Dunn Trail. No notice had been given to the commissioners or other government agencies.

A meeting was held in early September 2013 and a number of local residents testified including County Historian Jerry Breckke and PLWA representative Lou Goosey. The Commissioners upheld the public ownership of the trail and insist the gate be removed and the signs be replaced. They are considering bringing a Criminal Mischief Complaint against Yellowstone River Ranch Estates who admitted installing the gate and re moving the signs. The company claimed all this was large “misunderstanding”.

It was interesting to note that MR Breckke stated the following .”IT is amazing how the atmosphere of the meeting changed when Lou Goosey entered the room wearing his PLWA hat.”

Park County folks deserve a vote of “thanks”.

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