Crazy Mountain Museum
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Crazy Mountain Museum encompasses the historical background of Sweet Grass County and the surrounding areas. One of the more exceptional displays is a model replica of Big Timber in 1907. It includes 184 buildings which took 6 years to research and build. The model, a representation of miniature artistry and meticulous craftsmanship, is a historically accurate replica built on a scale of 1/16”=1’ and depicts 12 1/2 square blocks of the town. 184 buildings—1,018 windows—406 doors—143 chimneys—152 power and telephone poles—135 people—22 vehicles—6 bicycles—35 horses—18 sheep—4 cows—20 chickens—8 dogs—4 cats—and 4 pigeons. The details are incredible. Look for clothes on a line, merchandise in windows, a hobo under a tree, axes in woodpiles, gardens, a blacksmith, wool sacks, coal bins, wheelbarrows, manure piles, milk cans, bars on jail and salon windows, a drunk, an apple tree, a red light on the porch of a female boarding house, a dog in a trash can, ladders, hitching posts, horse troughs, spokes on poles for linemen, a picture in front of the Auditorium, and a towel on a wall in back of the bathhouse, and more!
On the grounds of the museum is a unique structure known as a stabbur. The Stabbur was built as a memorial to the Norwegian pioneers who helped build Sweet Grass County. Buildings like these were a common site in Norway and often had flowers and small trees growing out of their sod roof. They were built as storehouses and were often decorated with wood carvings. A farmer’s wealth in Norway was measured by the contents of his stabbur. It was his security and signature and was assurance of food for the long winters. The stabbur was usually two stories with the stairs leading to the lower locked door built a distance from the building— “greater than a rat could jump.” The first level was where the grain and other foods were stored including the salted or dried fish, hams, and mutton which hung from hooks in the ceiling. The second floor was for clothing, trunks, and other valuables.
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