Ranching Montana

Winifred

Like most of the area towns, Winifred began as a railroad station. About a thousand families tried their hands at farming and ranching in the early 1900s, but after several years of struggling, most of them gave up. A post office was built in 1913 and Laurence Porter served the town as postmaster. Some claim the town was named for Winifred Sewall, daughter of E.D. Sewall. Others say it was named for Winifred Rockefeller, daughter of Percy Rockefeller. Today, two-dozen successful ranches operate near town and natural gas is proving to be a promising asset in the area.

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