Stage Coach Station
Two Dot, MT
Livestock ownership identification by way of fire-heated marks dates back to the ancient Egyptians. Today we know this practice as branding which is derived from the German word for “burning”. Like all 19th century cattle ranchers, George "Two Dot" Wilson, had his own unique but simple brand; 2 side by side dots. In 1900, he donated land for the creation of the town of Two Dot, named in his honor. Located in south central Montana, today the town is still home to 76 residents.
Livestock ID has changed a lot since George Wilson’s time. Today, ear tagging, radio-frequency identification, and microchip implants are just a few of the ways to keep track of the herd.