‘Yellowstone’: Chief Joseph Ranch’s Veterans Day Tribute Is Simple But Incredibly Powerful

by Jennifer Shea

The Chief Joseph Ranch, the real-world setting for the fictional Dutton Ranch on “Yellowstone,” has shared an austere yet powerful message for Veterans Day.

On its Instagram page, the ranch posted a picture of the barn, adorned with the signature “Y” that fans of the show will recognize instantly. An American flag hangs between its two doors.

“Thank you to our veterans for your service and sacrifice defending the freedoms we enjoy,” the ranch captioned the picture. “We are the Land of the Free because of the Brave.”

Chief Joseph Ranch Did Not Set Out to Be a Film Location

“Yellowstone” is a popular show. By Season 3, it was the No. 1 drama on cable. And it has viewers almost everywhere. So the Chief Joseph Ranch gets a significant number of “Yellowstone” fans stopping by its gate to take pictures of the Dutton Ranch sign. (No, you can’t take a tour of the property unless you have reserved a room.)

When “Yellowstone” is filming, however, that’s another matter. The show’s security does not allow photography at the gate during that time. They need to keep the road open for the “Yellowstone” cast and crew.

According to its website, the Chief Joseph Ranch did not list itself as a prospective film location prior to being chosen as the setting for the show. Instead, it was chosen as the setting for “Yellowstone” after a cold call from the show’s production team.

“We are humbled and honored that Paramount chose our ranch as the setting of this amazing series,” the ranch said.

‘Yellowstone’ Season 4 Kicked Off on Sunday

Audiences can watch the fruits of the cast and crew’s last stint at the Chief Joseph Ranch Sundays on the Paramount Network. Last Sunday, the Season 4 premiere finally aired, resolving the epic cliffhanger from Season 3. (Spoiler alert: If you don’t want to know what happened, read no further.)

In the premiere, we saw Rip Wheeler (Cole Hauser) save John Dutton’s (Kevin Costner) life by whisking him off to the hospital just in time. We saw Kayce Dutton (Luke Grimes) chase down his father’s attackers and gun them down, sustaining a gunshot wound himself in the process. We saw the Dutton Ranch itself come under attack, and Tate Dutton (Brecken Merrill) break out the shotgun to save his mother Monica (Kelsey Asbille).

Then we saw Beth Dutton (Kelly Reilly) miraculously emerge from the blast in her office still ambulatory, albeit caked in dust and blood, and apparently suffering from tinnitus. Beth’s first move? To bum a cigarette from a bystander, of course.

We also saw Mia (Eden Brolin) discover Jimmy’s (Jefferson White) unconscious form, and rather recklessly move his body after he had sustained a back injury. Jimmy makes it. But he is not long for the Dutton Ranch, having broken his promise to John by training to rodeo again.

In the premiere, we also meet some new characters who will play major roles in Season 4. Carter (Finn Little), is a wayward youth who Rip may or may not allow to stay on the ranch. And Caroline Warner (Jacki Weaver), the CEO of Market Equities, has flown into town to clean up the mess that the late Roarke (Josh Holloway) has made of their airport gambit.

With that two-hour premiere, series co-creator Taylor Sheridan is just getting started. Tune in Sundays to catch all the action.