Miles City wagon train is a Sprague family tradition

Rancher Roger Sprague’s annual Miles City wagon train started on a warm and calm Wednesday evening on the Coffee Ranch just north of Miles City.

Wagon train enthusiasts and their outriders gathered that evening to set up camp and prepare for a 14-mile wagon train on Thursday and a 12-mile trail into Miles City on Friday to officially open the Miles City Bucking Horse Sale.

Sprague comes from an old ranching family whose great grandfather trailed into the Rosebud Valley of southeastern Montana in 1881. Sprague and his wife Bonnie still ranch in the valley. The chuck wagon he still uses today is a restored Peter Schuttler roundup wagon that his grandfather Ernest Sprague used in the early 1900s.

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