The history of our barn dates back to 1889 when James Lewis homesteaded 280 acres. The owners over the years include Jerry McWilliams, a State Senator and Nicholas Lakuska, a Russian Count who originally registered the name Pine Grove Ranch in 1920.
The Nefgzer Cattle Co. operated the ranch from 1930 until it was sold in February 1971. It was then opened as the Pine Grove Ranch Restaurant. In 1990 Jeff Little bought the restaurant and changed the name to Ore House at the Pine Grove. Dan and Diane Emert are currently the operating partners.
The brand on the silo is a "b quarter circle" which is actually an upside down "P" for Pine Grove. The Pine Grove Ranch was known as one of the finest hay ranches in the valley and was also a working cattle ranch for many years.
We hope you get as much pleasure out of your visit to the Ore House at the Pine Grove as we have in preserving its heritage and serving some of the finest food in the Yampa Valley.