Land Baron, leader of the vigilante group called Stuart’s Stranglers,
author and more, Granville Stuart is recognized as a Montana
pioneer and hero.
what is now Clarksburg, West Virginia on August 27, 1834 to Robert and
Nancy Currence Stuart, Granville moved with his family to Muscatine
County, Iowa in 1838. As a child, he played with
Indians and attended
school in a one room schoolhouse.
In 1849, his father flocked to the
California Goldrush along with thousands of
others seeking their fortunes. Two years later, Granville and his
brothers, James and Robert followed, where they prospected for several
In June, 1857, Granville and James wanted to return to Iowa for a
visit; however, when they found the trail blocked by the Mormon War in
they went north instead, landing in Montana.
for gold in Deer Lodge Valley, they were credited with making the
first major strike in