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Granddaughter Rylee Lintz, 11, plays in Grace Coolidge Creek near what the grandkids call the waterfall in the family campground and picnic area. Great-grandfather, James Madison Lintz, once prevented President Calvin Coolidge from fishing in this creek that was later named after his wife. The elder Jim Lintz also used to argue politics with Mt. Rush- more sculptor Gutzon Borglum. troublemakers.­­ “They­were­running­them­out­of­town,”­says­Lintz,­“and­one of­the­Mexicans­sliced­his­throat­and­his­wife­had­to­sew­him up,­and­she­said,­‘We­are­not­gonna­raise­a­family­like­this!’”­ That­incident­prompted­great-grandma­Katherine­“Katie” Lintz­to­go­down­the­canyon­to­Hermosa­in­1901­and­buy­a ranch—the­same­ranch­that­is­still­part­of­the­Lintz­holdings.­ Walking­around­the­Lintz­homestead­today­gives­one­a­sense of­the­rich­history­of­the­place.­In­addition­to­the­newer­house where­the­Lintzes­reside­today­there’s­the­original­log­cabin built­in­1885.­Next­to­that­stands­a­sturdy­stone­structure­built by­Jim’s­great-uncle­Mark­using­material­quarried­from­a­hill- side­on­the­ranch.­One­of­the­blocks­bears­the­inscription­“Lintz 1919.”­ Moving­ past­ the­ big­ old­ red­ barn­ to­ the­ banks­ of­ Grace Coolidge­Creek,­the­visitor­will­find­a­picturesque­campground and­picnic­area­and­two­historic­log­cabins.­One­is­the­home- stead­ house­ of­ Lintz’s­ great-great-grandmother­ Julia­ Lintz (now­used­as­a­shower­and­restroom­­building)­and­the­other­is a­cabin­built­by­his­great-uncle­Mark­which­was­used­as­an­ice house­when­Jim­was­a­boy­growing­up­on­the­ranch.­ A­few­hundred­yards­down­the­creek­is­the­house­where Jim’s­mother,­Eloise,­lived­until­her­passing­in­September­at the­age­of­96.­Nearby­is­the­home­of­Jim’s­sister,­Linda.­ Jim­and­Brenda­moved­to­the­ranch­in­1971­and­for­the­first 18­months­they­lived­in­the­1885­cabin­by­the­road.­For­Brenda, the­move­presented­a­challenge,­as­the­cabin­had­no­indoor plumbing.­ “There­was­a­faucet­right­outside­the­door,”­Jim­laughs.­“I 18 DOWN COUNTRY ROADS thought­that­was­good­enough.” However,­for­Brenda,­good­enough­wasn’t­good­enough,­es- pecially­when­she­needed­to­use­the­“facilities”­in­the­middle of­the­night.­ “I­kept­telling­her­to­take­a­flashlight­when­she­went­to­the bathroom,”­said­Lintz,­“cause­there­were­rocks­to­step­on­out to­the­outhouse.­I­heard­her­scream­one­night­and­I­went­out there.”­ Something­had­struck­at­Brenda’s­leg.­ “She­ thought­ she­ was­ snake-bit,”­ Jim­ laughs.­ “It­ was­ a toad.” Eight­years­later,­in­1979,­Jim­and­Brenda­bought­the­ranch from­Jim’s­family.­He­admits­the­purchase­stretched­them­fi- nancially,­but­they­wanted­to­keep­the­historic­homestead­in the­family.­­ “We­didn’t­have­any­money,”­he­grins.­ Christmas Trees & Campers Shortly­after­the­Lintzes­bought­the­ranch,­Jim­left­his­job as­a­teacher­at­South­Junior­High­in­Rapid­City.­ “They­took­my­paddle­away,­so­I­quit,”­he­laughs.­“Brenda was­upset­with­me­because­we­didn’t­have­any­income­and­we had­just­bought­the­ranch.­She­came­to­me­in­November­and said,­‘Well,­the­calf­check­is­already­gone,­so­what­are­you gonna­do­the­rest­of­the­year­for­income?’” Since­it­was­only­a­few­weeks­until­Christmas,­Jim­decided to­capitalize­on­something­the­ranch­had­plenty­of—ponderosa pine­trees. He­recalls­saying,­“Oh,­we’ve­got­too­many­trees.­I’m­gonna sell­Christmas­trees.”­