BitRanch: Ranching for Bitcoin

Idaho Bitcoin Entrepreneur, Alan Golub, believes the best way to help Bitcoin as the leading crytocurrency of the world is to spend it. "If we can mine it," he says, "we can ranch it." Photos and story by Dwayne Parsons

Idaho Bitcoin Entrepreneur, Alan Golub, believes the best way to help Bitcoin as the leading crytocurrency of the world is to spend it. “If we can mine it,” he says, “we can ranch it.” Photos and story by Dwayne Parsons

If We Mine Bitcoin, We Can Ranch Bitcoin

UPDATE: The greater part of this property sold recently minimizing the BitRanch concept to a much smaller sector. That’s Real Estate!

Idaho Bitcoin Entrepreneur, Alan Golub, believes Bitcoin is the leading cryptocurrency of the future and that the way help it achieve universal acceptance is to spend it.

He’s got a vision therefore of bringing enough Bitcoiners into the Pacific Northwest to make Idaho the Bitcoin state.

Here’s how he plans to do it.

Walking behind the sales agent for nearby Gozzer Ranch, Joe Vetter, Alan Golub hatches his dream to create Bitranch, a membership-driven, tech-savvy dude ranch encompassing forested mountain ridges, lush grass land and waterfront on Lake Coeur d'Alene. This photo was taken in front of one of the many high-class condominiums offered at the exclusive Gozzer Ranch, just a few short miles from Golub's planned project.

Walking behind the sales agent for nearby Gozzer Ranch, Joe Vetter, Alan Golub hatches his dream to create Bitranch, a membership-driven, tech-savvy dude ranch encompassing forested mountain ridges, lush grass land and waterfront on Lake Coeur d’Alene. This photo was taken in front of one of the many high-class condominiums offered at the exclusive Gozzer Ranch, just a few short miles from Golub’s planned project.

How the Bitranch Vision came about

We first introduced Golub’s Bitcoin vision last February in this article about bringing divided land back into a cohesive, eco-friendly oneness as a whole. What once was a working cattle ranch, was divided into multiple ownerships over time. There was even an attempt to create yet another exclusive golf course on this land, but Golub sees it differently.

Thanks to the rising power of Bitcoin and the need for Bitcoin networks, Golub plans to bring this subdivided land back into a membership-driven, professionally managed timeshare project where Bitcoiners and their families, if they so choose, and friends can intermingle while riding horses, boating, swimming and enjoying the many amenities of a full-fledged working dude ranch.

This view from the ridge above Golub's waterfront property (part of the Bitranch concept) overlooks Beauty Bay toward thriving Coeur d'Alene, Idaho and the Rathdrum Prairie which is attracting serious interest from hi-tech companies of Silicon Valley. Mount Spokane is the peak in the distance. Spokane, Washington and the Spokane International Airport are just off to the left of Mount Spokane.

This view from the ridge above Golub’s waterfront property (part of the Bitranch concept) overlooks Beauty Bay toward thriving Coeur d’Alene, Idaho and the Rathdrum Prairie which is attracting serious interest from hi-tech companies of Silicon Valley. Mount Spokane is the peak in the distance. Spokane, Washington and the Spokane International Airport are just off to the left of Mount Spokane.

Is Bitranch a Viable Enterprise?

Golub thinks so. Idaho’s tax structure, plentiful water, great outdoors and family-oriented artsy towns are attracting the attention of many Silicon Valley tech companies.

The exclusive Gozzer Ranch just south of Golub’s planned Bitranch as attracted executives from Google and other hi-tech companies and is even looking into considering Bitcoin.

According to Golub, North Idaho in general is a huge, welcoming campus and play ground just right for tech savvy engineers and entrepreneurs to rub elbows, relax and raise families. He should know. He’s a long-time transplant from Southern California.

So Who Runs the Ranch?

Golub’s got this figured out. Bringing in experts like equestrian entrepreneur, Angie Hilding (who now accepts Bitcoin through BitPay) and cattleman, David James Delano, is very important.

Equestrian entrepreneur, Angie Hilding ponders BitRanch while cattleman, David James Delano checks out the condition of existing corrals.

Equestrian entrepreneur, Angie Hilding ponders BitRanch while cattleman, David James Delano checks out the condition of existing corrals.

How much land is there?

Golub and partners currently own 28.7 million square feet of the Coeur d’Alene Mountain with Lake Coeur d’Alene waterfront. Golub also owns a percentage of more than 10 million square feet of commercial and lite-industrial land on the Rathdrum Prairie, near the Coeur d’Alene Airport (now also know as the Pappy Boyington Airfield).

On par with the gated community of Gozzer Ranch, and its exclusive golf course, high-end water-front condominiums, marina and club restaurant, Golub intends to build and maintain a quality working cattle ranch that raises Kobe Beef, possibly American buffalo and boards well-trained riding horses that work the ranch and carry owners and patrons across the many as yet to be established riding trails throughout the ranch property.

“Members can buy time shares on the horse of their choice,” he says, “and that concept is much less expensive than owning and boarding a horse that you ride maybe once or twice a year.”

Bitranch will raise Kobe beef and possibly American bison (buffalo) as well as develop forested and ranch riding trails for patrons to exercise and enjoy their select horses at the time of stay.

Bitranch will raise Kobe beef and possibly American bison (buffalo) as well as develop forested and ranch trails for patrons to exercise and enjoy their select horses at the time of stay.


Expansive grasslands on the proposed 660 acres makes for viable cattle drives for Bitcoiners who fancy a little cattle wrangling in their life time.

Expansive grasslands on the proposed 660 acres makes for viable cattle drives for Bitcoiners who fancy a little cattle wrangling in their life time.

Membership Driven

The business concept behind Bitranch is a membership base. Golub is currently attening the North American Bitcoin Conference in Chicago in order to talk privately with a number of Bitcoin entrepreneurs who’ve expressed interest in his project.

“When only 9 others besides myself put 3000 Bitcoins each into this project,” Golub said, “we’ll be able to build-out the complete vision and offer the world of Bitcoiners affordable memberships that bring the best of the best together for networking and brainstorming cryptocurrencies while enjoying our great North Idaho campus.

Bitranch will have every amenity one can think of, appropriate to a working dude ranch, including membership at the Gozzer Ranch facility–only we’re offering what they don’t have. The big difference is, we’ll have it wired to the gills with technology.”

"It's a matter of reclaiming what once was there, pulling it back together again and building the infrastructure necessary for running and maintaining a top-of-the-line tech-oriented ranch facility," Golub said.

“It’s a matter of reclaiming what once was there, pulling it back together again and building the infrastructure necessary for running and maintaining a top-of-the-line tech-oriented ranch facility,” Golub said.


"The only thing that keeps us from doing great things, is our thinking," Golub said, walking down the road that captured his vision.

“The only thing that keeps us from doing great things, is our thinking,” Golub said, walking down the road that captured his vision.


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