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Jim Lintz and grandson Jack read the inscription on the family monument that sits on a hill overlooking the ranch. The nearby town of Hermosa and Mount Rushmore can both be seen from this vantage point. ally-known­celebrities.­ “Naomi­Judd­was­in­this­summer­and­nobody­knew­it,”­said Brenda.­“She­signed­the­guest­book.” Entertaining,­food­and­hospitality­seem­to­be­part­of­the Lintz­DNA­and­over­the­years­Jim­and­Brenda­have­hosted­a number­of­community­picnics­at­their­camping­area­along­the creek.­ The­first­such­gathering­was­held­when­the­couple­returned from­their­honeymoon­and­after­that­became­a­more­or­less­an- nual­event­for­which­Jim­would­pit-barbecue­a­couple­of­hogs.­ But­then­several­years­went­by­without­a­picnic,­until­one year,­as­Jim­puts­it,­“I­told­Brenda,­‘I­think­I’m­gonna­have­an- other­picnic.’ “A­couple­weeks­ahead­of­time­she­said,­‘How­many­people have­you­invited­to­your­picnic?­40?­50?­How­many?’­I­said, ‘Well,­it’s­between­four­and­500.’­I­think­450­came.”­ Brenda­made­80­pounds­of­potato­salad­that­year­and­Jim used­big­crocks­to­cook­baked­beans­over­an­open­fire. “After­that­we­went­to­potluck,”­smiles­Brenda.­“We­pro- vided­the­meat­and­people­brought­a­dish.”­ Politics and Passing on the Heritage The­Lintz­family's­impact­on­the­local­area­hasn’t­been­all pizza,­pictures,­picnics­and­pine­trees,­however.­In­1998­Jim ran­for­the­S.D.­House­of­Representatives­and­over­the­next decade­he­served­six­years­in­the­House­and­four­in­the­state Senate.­For­the­last­eight­years­he­has­been­a­member­of­the Custer­County­Commission.­So­you­can­add­politics­to­the­list.­ Recently­Jim­made­the­trip­up­the­rocky­and­rutted­road­that leads­to­the­high­hill­overlooking­the­valley­and­the­ranch­from the­south.­With­him­was­grandson­Jack­who­represents­the sixth­generation­of­Lintzes­on­that­piece­of­earth.­At­the­top­of the­bluff­is­a­sort­of­monument—a­pillar­made­of­native­stones. On­a­large­flat­piece­of­stone­are­carved­the­words­in­large­let- ters,­“Lintz­Ranch,­Est.­1901.”­ Here,­where­the­tall­grass­blows­in­the­wind,­one­can­see Hermosa­a­few­miles­to­the­northeast­and­off­to­the­north­a­few miles­farther­is­a­white­blotch­on­a­mountainside­that­is­Mt. Rushmore.­Here­are­also­memorials­to­family­members­who have­gone­on­before­and­where­the­ashes­of­those­relatives­and other­friends­have­been­scattered.­ As­grandfather­and­grandson­stood­looking­over­the­land that­has­been­home­to­the­family­for­nearly­12­decades,­young Jack­read­aloud­the­bit­of­verse­inscribed­on­another­slab­of stone.­It­seems­to­sum­up­how­the­Lintz­family­feels­about these­nearly­1,000­acres­of­scenic­Black­Hills­real­estate:­ “Looking­at­the­ranch­below,­our­minds­start­to­wander,­tears begin­to­flow,­from­valley­to­hills­memories­roll,­and­from­gen- eration­to­generation­warm­thoughts­expand­as­one­stands­look- ing­over­this­beloved­land.”­ DOWN COUNTRY ROADS 21