Mr. Allard was one of the best known men of Western Montana. He was best known throughout the state as the owner of the large herd of buffaloes on the reservation on Mud creek at the splendid Mission range of mountains in which he was Interested with Michael Pablo. Both played key roles in preservation of the buffalo on the North American continent.
Together, they purchased a few head of bison. The animals multiplied into a sizeable herd. The Pablo-Allard enterprise became nationally famous and attracted wide attention when the herd was sold to the Canadian government Michel Pablo and Charles Allard Sr. owned about 300 head of buffalo that roamed the unfenced Mission Valley feeding on the lush native grass.
Joe Allard had helped his father Charles Sr. to operate a mail and passenger stage service since 1887 that runs from the NP station at Ravalli to Polson. It was a 32- mile jaunt over Ravalli Hill, along the base of National Bison Range, up Post Creek Hill to Ronan and Pablo, and entered Polson along the Flathead River on what’s now Kerr Dam Road. Travelers going further caught a steamboat up Flathead Lake to Dayton or Somers.
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Allard’s Stage stop is your one stop shop on 93 for everything Montana. Food, gifts, souvenirs, candy, bison, fuel, lodging and so much more! Stop in to see us today and learn the history of bison in the Mission Valley.