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Wilford Brimley’s not dead (but you can buy his ranch, anyway)

| July 25, 2014 | Reply
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Wilford Brimley's 317-acre Wyoming Horse Ranch near Greybull, Wyo., can be yours for $1.25 million. Brimley, 79, says he's decided it's time to move closer to town. (Real estate listing photo courtesy of Hall and Hall)

Wilford Brimley’s 317-acre Wyoming Horse Ranch near Greybull, Wyo., can be yours for $1.25 million. Brimley, 79, says he’s decided it’s time to move closer to town. (Real estate listing photo courtesy of Hall and Hall)

Wilford Brimley, 79, works in the blacksmith's cabin at his Wyoming Horse Ranch near Greybull, Wyo. Brimley, who made his living as a rodeo rider and blacksmith before becoming an actor in the 1950s, is trying to sell the ranch for $1.25 million. (Real estate listing photo courtesy of Hall and Hall)

Wilford Brimley, 79, works in the blacksmith’s cabin at his Wyoming Horse Ranch near Greybull, Wyo. Brimley, who made his living as a rodeo rider and blacksmith before becoming an actor in the 1950s, is trying to sell the ranch for $1.25 million. (Real estate listing photo courtesy of Hall and Hall)

From “True Grit” to “The Waltons,” from “The China Syndrome” and “Cocoon” to “Our House,” then on to pitching Quaker Oats and raising “diabeetus” awareness by appearing in oft-lampooned commercials for diabetic supplier Liberty Medical, you never know what Wilford Brimley will do next.

In fact, partly because he’s been playing cantankerous old geezers for most of what’s arguably the better half of his career, you might not even realize Brimley is still alive. That’s probably just fine with him, too (he told Casper Star Tribune reporter Margaret Matray in 2009 he still acts when asked to, but would also be fine never doing it again).

“Some people need the ocean,” Brimley told the newspaper, “I need the mountains.”

While he’s not giving up his mountains just yet, at 79 the on-deck octogenarian has decided it is time to give up his picturesque 276-acre Wyoming Horse Ranch. (The actor and his wife, Beverly, have a house near downtown Greybull that’s already been their primary residence for several years.)

While it seems somewhat surprising such an avid horseman would give up his horse farm (Brimley worked as a rodeo rider and blacksmith before becoming an actor), I think the modest $1.25 million asking price is going to make another cowboy — or wannabe cowboy — very happy.

Brimley’s Wyoming Horse Ranch consists of 317 acres (plus or minus), including 160 acres of irrigated land and nearly a half-mile of Shell Creek trout waters. There are two homes and a blacksmith’s cabin on the property and the working ranch also comes with a Bureau of Land Management grazing allotment for 159 animal unit months. (One animal unit month, or AUM, is the amount of forage needed to sustain one cow and her calf, one horse or five sheep or goats for one month.)

The ranch also features a rodeo arena complete with bucking chutes, roping boxes, paddocks, loading facilities, a large shop area and tight fencing, according to the real estate listing agent, Montana-based Hall and Hall.

For more information about Brimley’s Wyoming Horse Ranch, you can check out the listing on Hall and Hall’s website or contact real estate agent Randy Shelton at (406) 656-7500 or rshelton@hallandhall.com.

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