Take a Look Inside This Sprawling 50,000-Acre South Dakota Ranch

The Bismarck Trail Ranch has three homes on the property and also includes a working slaughterhouse, a covered arena, and multiple storage buildings, the real-estate listing shows.

The Bismarck Trail Ranch comes with three additional properties, including a slaughterhouse and a working pen.

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The property is located in Vale, South Dakota, a town of about 136 people that is 51 miles north of Rapid City. 

A listing brochure created by listing brokerage Hall and Hall described Bismarck Trail Ranch as a “luxury ranching experience” with most of the working equipment located on the west side and the open meadowland located to the east. 

The house includes in-floor heating for the cold winter nights and a backup generator to keep power running during bad weather.  

Wanless recently sold the ranch to a Kansas-based company called J-Six South Dakota Land Holdings for $37.5 million, which is more than double what he paid for it in 2009, listing agent Robb Nelson of Hall and Hall told the Wall Street Journal.

Two red storage barn buildings at the Bismarck Trail Ranch along a dirt road

There are multiple shops and storage buildings on the property.

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Wanless had the five-bedroom, 6,500-square-foot main house added to the property in 2012.

An aerial view of the main house at the Bismarck Trail Ranch that includes two horse trailers and a pickup truck parked in front of the garage

The main house comes with a four car garage.

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The property was named Bismarck Trail Ranch after the trail that brought pioneers from Bismarck, North Dakota to Deadwood, South Dakota during the gold rush in the 1870s.

The main room in the Bismarck Trail Ranch has high ceilings, a chandelier made from antlers, and holds the owner's taxidermy collection.

The owner’s taxidermy collection is displayed in the main room of the ranch.

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Wanless told the Wall Street Journal that he is selling this ranch so he and his wife can spend more time at her family’s ranch in British Columbia.

The kitchen at Bismarck Trail Ranch includes wooden floors and cabinets while also having a breakfast bar large enough for six people.

The kitchen at Bismarck Trail Ranch includes a breakfast bar big enough to feed a small army.

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Wanless initially listed the ranch for sale for a steep $41.15 million in 2020.

A secondary view of the main room at the Bismarck Trail Ranch that includes a couch, two chairs, and a view of the kitchen and breakfast bar.

The living room connects to the kitchen and breakfast area.

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In a blog post about the sale, Nelson said that it is “heartwarming to see a Midwest farming and ranching family purchase the Bismarck Ranch and continue the cattle and agricultural operation.”

The primary bedroom at Triple U Ranch has wooden floors, a king-sized bed with a wooden headboard and all wood doors against white walls.

One of the five bedrooms at the Bismarck Ranch.

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