Yellowstone made its debut on Paramount Network in June 2018 and it is also available to watch on Amazon Instant Video in the US. The series follows John Dutton (played by Kevin Costner) and his family as they try to save their ranch from developers and other rivals. Fans are wondering whether Yellowstone is based on a true story, and Express.co.uk has everything you need to know.
Is Yellowstone based on a true story?
Yellowstone has a believable plot as feuds between developers and landowners are a popular occurrence.
However, the character of John Dutton does not seem to be based on a real person, so it seems the concept is fictional.
Costner did reveal he researched American history related to the area in which the series is filmed, as he wanted to create his own back story.
The series was filmed at the Chief Joseph Ranch, which is a working ranch in Montana, so the setting itself is also real.
The cast wanted the series to be as authentic as possible so they were keen to use real horses and other animals.
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Looper.com suggested Costner’s character could have been inspired by a number of real-life people.
W.T. Waggoner helped establish the Waggoner Ranch in Northern Texas back in 1849 and it is America’s biggest ranch.
In the series, the same title is also held by the Dutton Yellowstone Ranch.
Like John Dutton and his family, Waggoner wanted to keep his ranch in the family.
Similarly, Bill Galt, who owns the Galt Ranch in Montana, could also have inspired the character.
Fans may be excited to hear they can actually rent a cabin at the real ranch at which the series is based.
The ranch, called the Chief Joseph Ranch in Darby, Montana, has two cabins available for rent.
Sadly the Dutton home itself is not available for use, but the Ben Cook Cabin and the Fisherman’s Cabin are open to the public.
The official synopsis for the series reads: “Yellowstone follows the violent world of the Dutton family, who controls the largest contiguous ranch in the United States.
“Led by their patriarch John Dutton, the family defends their property against constant attack by land developers, an Indian reservation, and America’s first National Park.”
Yellowstone is available to watch on Paramount Network and Amazon Instant Video