MEET THE FOUNDERS OF REINDEER FARM
TOM AND GENE WILLIAMS
Tom and Gene Williams are founders and owners of the Reindeer Farm. Tom grew up on this very farm in the 1950s as a teenager. It was a dairy farm at that time, and Tom has many memories kept in the Colony barn. Thankfully, the house is still standing today.
Tom had a dream of owning a moose farm. He and his father were avid moose hunters with a great appreciation for these majestic creatures. In Alaska, it is impossible to own a moose or have a moose farm, but reindeer, however, are domesticated animals. A new vision was created!
THE HISTORY OF REINDEER FARM
In 1987, Tom went to Northern Canada to purchase a herd of reindeer. They were brought here to the farm and taught how to eat grains and local hay. The first herd consisted of 20 reindeer. Since 1987, the herd has been as high as 300 but currently sits at around 100.
Tom and Gene have since passed, but the legacy of the farm lives on through their daughters. Their oldest daughter, Denise Williams Hardy, and her family have been running the farm since 2011.
Today the farm has 100 reindeer, 2 Rocky Mountain elk, Dolly the Bison, Appa the Yak, and Rocky the Moose.
We do trail rides on horseback up the Butte, off-the-farm shows with the reindeer, movies, commercials, home visits, the Running of the Reindeer at Fur Rondy, and more!
REINDEER FARM STORE
EXCLUSIVE GIFT SHOP
If you’ve been to the Reindeer Farm lately, you know we’re always adding products to our gift shop. Did you know you could buy them after your visit, too? Shop our online store and get those souvenirs delivered right to your door!
We’ve got a variety of hoodies for kids and adults, t-shirts, baseball hats, zip-up sweatshirts, and more! Our favorite items to sell are our antler products – whistles, knives, keychains, earrings, and buttons made from real antlers from our farm!