"Given Our Ranchers A Bad Name": Yellowstone's Impact On Montana Boom Gets Candid Response From Residents!

's impact on the state of Montana receives a candid response from real residents who claim the show has given their ranchers "." Co-created by Taylor Sheridan and premiered in 2018, primarily follows the fictional Dutton family, who own and operate the largest ranch located in the state of Montana. The show follows family conflicts at the ranch, but also bloody conflicts that break out between the bordering Broken Rock Indian Reservation and outside land developers.

A recent article from provides a comprehensive overview of how . The show's popularity has created a tourism boom for the state, as Lucy Beighle, the director of communications for Glacier Country Tourism, and Nathan St.

Goddard, who serves on the Montana Tourism Advisory Council, can attest. However, has also created many misconceptions for fans visiting Montana. Mark Greeno, who has lived in Bozeman at the Nine Quarter Circle Ranch for six years with his wife Sue, says "."

Lucy Beighle: We definitely have seen an uptick in interest because of Yellowstone. If Montana wasn’t already on the map, and if people have seen Yellowstone, it certainly is now.

Nathan St. Goddard: People are spending their money in Montana, and spending their money in local establishments.

How Yellowstone Has Impacted The State Of Montana

The biggest impact has had on Montana is exploding its tourism industry. A study conducted by the University of Montana found that 2 million people were inspired by to visit Montana in 2021. These tourists spent a total of $730 million in the state, according to the study. A lot of this money was spent on merchandise designed to look like the Duttons' things, including, of course, cowboy hats. Kim Parker, the manager of the Western Outdoor retail store, says "," while women want ’s Stetson crushable hat.

While is driving millions of tourists to Montana, the show has also created many misconceptions about the state. The show often depicts ranching like the Wild West with gunfights and assassination attempts, which isn't an accurate representation of modern ranching in Montana. Hillary Folkvord, who runs a motel and restaurant, and St. Goddard both point out that during the summer, so tourists are often blown away by the cold and wind when visiting during the winter. Overall, has brought both prosperity and misconceptions to Montana, leaving residents with mixed feelings about its impact.

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