History

The Mackay Family and the Lazy E L Ranch

Malcolm S. Mackay, born in 1881, was a Wall Street stockbroker, philanthropist and outdoorsman who, as a young man, fell in love with the west. The Lazy E L Ranch was incorporated in 1901 and remains under the stewardship of Mackay family members from the 3rd, 4th and 5th generation. Malcolm wrote a book called Cow Range and Hunting Trail [1925] capturing the essence of life in the west in the early 1900's, and including photographs and original illustrations by his friend and famous western artist Charlie Russell. Malcolm, and his wife, Helen Raynor, were Charlie Russell's greatest patrons, eventually donating numerous paintings [The Mackay Collection] to the Montana State Historical Society in Helena. The Lazy E L Ranch has been an agriculturally-based operation for over 100 years and today continues to host 2,000 head of cattle each summer in addition to welcoming guests to experience its incomparable landscape.