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Montana emphasizes its frontier heritage and passage of the Lewis and Clark Expedition and other themes when visiting the historic sites!

Montana emphasizes its frontier heritage and passage of the Lewis and Clark Expedition and other themes when visiting the historic sites!




1. The Bozeman Cemetery

 Bozeman, Bozeman Area
There are few plots of land n Montana that have as much history buried in them as the Bozeman Cemetery.

2. South Willson Historic District

 Bozeman, Bozeman Area
The drive on Willson St. from the downtown area of Bozeman south takes you through a residential district featuring houses that range from large mansions to small cottages, all preserved and maintained in the style they were originally constructed.

3. Soldier’s Chapel

 Gallatin Gateway, Big Sky/Yellowstone Area
A Historical Chapel in Big Sky, Montana. The Soldier's Chapel structure was built in 1955 as a World War II memorial.

4. Rosebud Battlefield State Park

 Busby, Billings Area
On June 17, 1876, 1300 soldiers, scouts, and miners were met in battle by an equal number of Sioux and Cheyenne.

5. Miles City Academy (Ursuline Convent)

 Miles City, Southeast Montana
The first Ursuline Convent in the Rocky Mountains opened in Miles City on January 18, 1884.

6. Fort Keogh

 Miles City, Southeast Montana
This was, at one time, the largest army post in Montana. It served from 1877-1908 as a major post at the close of the Indian wars.

7. Rosebud County Courthouse

 Forsyth, Southeast Montana
This three-story, neoclassical building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

8. Reynolds Battlefield National Monument

 Broadus, Southeast Montana
This is the site of Col. Joseph Reynold’s unprovoked attack on a peaceable Indian camp of Cheyennes, Oglalas, and Miniconjous on the Powder River.

9. St. Labre Mission

 Ashland, Southeast Montana
In 1883, Private George Yoakam, who was stationed at Fort Keogh in Miles City, convinced a Catholic bishop to intervene and help the Cheyenne people.

10. Two Moons Monument

 Busby, Southeast Montana
In 1936, W.P. Moncure, an Indian trader, with the help of a store employee named Jules, reburied the body of Chief Two Moons along with personal items of his and other Cheyennes from the Battle for the Little Bighorn.

11. Frontier Gateway Museum

 Glendive, Southeast Montana
The museum is historical and chronological in content. Displays range from prehistoric times to the 20th century.

12. Range Riders Museum

 Miles City, Southeast Montana
From its humble beginnings in 1940s, the Range Riders Museum has become one of the finest museums in the northwest.

13. O'Fallon Historical Museum

 Baker, Southeast Montana
This five-building museum features the old jailhouse, two homestead houses, antique cars, homestead antiques, dinosaur bones, and much more.

14. Carter County Museum

 Ekalaka, Southeast Montana
Features dinosaur fossil remains dating back 65 million years ago when many dinosaurs roamed this area. Among the paleontological finds housed within the museum is a mounted skeleton of an Anatotitan Copei, one of three known skeletons found.

15. Powder River Historical Museum and Mac's Museum

 Broadus, Southeast Montana
The rich history of the area is captured in the Powder River Historical Museum.
07:00 PM - 07:00 PM

16. Cheyenne Indian Museum

 Ashland, Southeast Montana
The Cheyenne Indian Museum features artifacts and the history of the Plains Indians. A documentary film on the Saint Labre school is featured.

17. Schoolhouse History and Art Center

 Colstrip, Southeast Montana
The gallery is housed in the first schoolhouse in Colstrip and provides visitors a look at Colstrip’s history with photographs and other exhibits.
07:00 PM - 07:00 PM

18. Madison Hotel - Historical Marker

 West Yellowstone, Big Sky/Yellowstone Area
The Forest Service granted Jess Pierman a special-use permit to build a hotel and restaurant here in 1910.

19. The 1959 Earthquake - Historical Marker

 West Yellowstone, Big Sky/Yellowstone Area
On August 17, 1959, at 11:37 P.M., this spectacularly scenic section of Montana became the focus of worldwide attention and made modern history.

20. Billings Tour

 Billings, Billings Area
Since the American West’s early days, Billings has hosted a cast of famous figures: Custer, Calamity Jane, Buffalo Bill, Crazy Horse, Lewis & Clark and others.

21. Little Bighorn Battlefield

 Crow Agency, Billings Area
Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument memorializes one of the last armed efforts of the Northern Plains Indians to preserve their ancestral way of life.

22. Pompey's Pillar

 Pompeys Pillar, Billings Area
Pompey’s Pillar National Historic Landmark contains exceptional cultural, recreational and wildlife values.

23. Fort C.F. Smith

 Saint Xavier, Billings Area
The ruins of this military post are about 25 miles west of here. In August 1866, two companies of soldiers guided by Jim Bridger established the fort on a plain overlooking the Big Horn.

24. Moss Mansion

 Billings, Billings Area
The Moss Mansion is a unique historical look into the wealthy lifestyle that was present in the early 1900s.

25. Alberta Bair Theater

 Billings, Billings Area
Located in the heart of Downtown Billings is the Alberta Bair Theater that is home to the Billings Community Concert Association and the Billings Symphony.

26. Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument

 Crow Agency, Billings Area
This national monument, commemorates the Battle of the Little Bighorn.

27. Custer's Last Stand Reenactment

 Crow Agency, Billings Area
Watch history come alive! Feel the whirlwinds of epic forces clashing on the high plains of Montana. Relive history as warriors of the Sioux, Cheyenne and Arapaho fight the Seventh Cavalry at Custer’s Last Stand Reenactment.

28. Treasure County 89ers Museum

 Hysham, Billings Area
Local history is preserved with displays called “Tales of Treasure County.

29. Huntley Project Museum of Irrigated Agriculture

 Huntley, Billings Area
This is a great stop for visitors interested in agriculture and irrigation.

30. Peter Yegen Jr. Yellowstone County Museum

 Billings, Billings Area
The Museum incorporates an 1893 log cabin built by Paul McCormick, Sr., a pioneer Montana cattleman.

31. Big Horn County Historical Museum & Visitors Center

 Hardin, Billings Area
The Museum complex consisting of twenty permanent buildings and represents the area's past.

32. Sacrifice Cliff

 Billings, Billings Area
Sacrifice Cliff is unmarked but is located south of the Yellowstone River, opposite Boothill Cemetery.

33. Pictograph Cave State Park

 Billings, Billings Area
Pictograph Cave State Park is a truly unique glimpse into the past and a dreamland for archaeologists.

34. Smith Mine Disaster

 Washoe, Red Lodge Area
The tragedy at Smith Mine became Montanas worst coal mine disaster.

35. Bearcreek

 Washoe, Red Lodge Area
Platted in 1905 by George Lamport and Robert Leavens, Bearcreek was the center of an extensive underground coal mining district.

36. Red Lodge

 Red Lodge, Red Lodge Area
Coal was discovered in the Rock Creek Valley nearly two decades before Red Lodge was established as a mail stop on the Meteetsee Trail in 1884.

37. The Red Lodge Country

 Red Lodge, Red Lodge Area
According to tradition, a band of Crow Indians left the main tribe and moved west into the foothills of the Beartooth Range many years ago.

38. Chief Plenty Coups Statue Marker

 Red Lodge, Red Lodge Area
Crow country once ranged from Three Forks to the Black Hills, from the Musselshell to the Big Horn Mountains.

39. Battle At Canyon Creek

 Laurel, Red Lodge Area
In 1877, just after The Battle at the Big Hole, the Nez Perce, led by Chief Joseph, started heading towards Yellowstone National Park in hopes of fleeing to Canada.

40. The Thomas Party

 Greycliff, Livingston Area
In 1866, William Thomas, his son Charles, and a driver named Schultz left southern Illinois bound for the Gallatin Valley, Montana.

41. Captain Wm. Clark

 Greycliff, Livingston Area
You are now following the historic trail of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. On his return from the Pacific in July 1806, Captain Clark camped for six days about forty miles downstream, near Park City.

42. The Crazy Mountains Historical Marker

 Greycliff, Livingston Area
Called Awaxaawippiia by the Apsaalooka (Crow) Indians, the Crazy Mountains, which you can see to the northwest, are an igneous formation forged about 50 million years ago.

43. The Bonanza or Bozeman Trail

 Big Timber, Livingston Area
In the early 1860s, there wasn’t a ranch in this country from Bismarck to Bozeman and from the Platte River to Canada. To whites it was land considered “fit only to raise Indians” and while some of them were hoping for a crop failure,

44. The Original Voges Bridge

 Big Timber, Livingston Area
In late 1913, Sweet Grass County residents petitioned the County Commissioners to build a bridge across the Yellowstone River west of Big Timber.

45. Bozeman Pass

 Livingston, Livingston Area
Sacajawea, the Shoshone woman who guided portions of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, led Captain Wm. Clark and his party of ten men over an old buffalo road through this pass on July 15, 1806.

46. Emigrant Gulch

 Emigrant, Livingston Area
A party of emigrants who had traveled with a wagon train across the Plains via the Bozeman or Bonanza Trail arrived in this gulch August 28, 1864.

47. The Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness

 Pray, Livingston Area
The Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness, which lies to the east, contains the largest single expanse of land above 10,000 feet in elevation in the United States.

48. Cooke City

 Cooke City-Silver Gate, Big Sky/Yellowstone Area
In 1868 a party of prospectors came into this country by way of Soda Butte Creek. They found rich float but were set afoot by Indians.

49. Shields River Valley

 Wilsall, Livingston Area
This river was named by Capt. Wm. Clark of the Lewis and Clark Expedition in honor of John Shields, a member of the party.

50. Old Chico

 Emigrant, Livingston Area
Chico began as a mining camp when a group of miners moved up the gulch from Yellowstone City. Some of them took up farming.

51. Roosevelt Arch

 Gardiner, Big Sky/Yellowstone Area
This imposing stone archway on the edge of Gardiner is the North Entrance to Yellowstone Park and has marked the only year-round, drive-in entrance since 1903.

52. Father De Smet

 Whitehall, Butte Area
The Lewis and Clark Expedition passed here, westward bound, August 2, 1805. Captain Lewis named the Boulder River “Fields Creek” for one of the party.

53. Lewis & Clark Expedition

 Whitehall, Butte Area
On August 1, 1805, the Lewis and Clark Expedition camped at a point 200 yards west from this spot, on the south bank of the river facing the mouth of the creek which flows into the river from the north.

54. Meaderville

 Butte, Butte Area
William Allison and G.O. Humphreys had the Butte hill, the richest hill on earth, entirely to themselves when they located their first quartz claims there in 1864.

55. Butte Historical Marker

 Butte, Butte Area
The “greatest mining camp on earth” built on “the richest hill in the world.”

56. Jefferson Valley

 Twin Bridges, Butte Area
The Lewis and Clark Expedition, westward bound, came up the Jefferson River in August 1805.

57. Robbers' Roost

 Sheridan, Butte Area
In 1863, Pete Daly built a roadhouse on the stage route between Virginia City and Bannack to provide entertainment for, man and beast.

58. The Ruby Valley

 Alder, Butte Area
The Ruby River was called the Passamari by the Indians and became known as the Stinking Water to the whites in the pioneer days.

59. Nevada City

 Nevada City, Butte Area
A ghost town now, but once one of the hell roarin’ mining camps that lined Alder Gulch in the 1860s.

60. Virginia City

 Virginia City, Butte Area
All of Montana has the deepest pride and affection for Virginia City. No more colorful pioneer mining camp ever existed.

61. Adobetown

 Virginia City, Butte Area
Placer riches in Alder Gulch spawned many colorful communities. Among them, Adobetown flourished briefly as the center of mining activity in 1864. In that year alone, miners extracted over $350,000 in gold from nearby streams.

62. Elling Bank

 Virginia City, Butte Area
Bankers Nowland and Weary set up business in this brick-veneered building, one of the town’s oldest stone structures, in 1864.

63. Metropolitan Meat Market

 Virginia City, Butte Area
George Gohn was one of the first to arrive at Alder Gulch in 1863 where he and Conrad Kohrs set up a meat market in a log cabin.

64. Pfouts & Russel (Rank's Drug-Old Masonic Temple)

 Virginia City, Butte Area
Paris Pfouts, Vigilante president, and Virginia City’s first mayor was instrumental in laying out the town.

65. Beaverhead Rock

 Dillon, Butte Area
On August 10, 1805, members of the Lewis and Clark expedition pushed their way up the Jefferson River’s tributaries toward the Continental Divide and the Pacific Ocean beyond.

66. Browne's Bridge

 Apex, Butte Area
Browne’s Bridge was constructed as a toll bridge by Fred Burr and James Minesinger in late 1862 and early 1863.

67. Bannack Historical Marker

 Dillon, Butte Area
The Lewis and Clark Expedition, westward bound, passed here in August 1805. The old mining camp of Bannack is on Grasshopper Creek about twenty miles west of here.

68. The Montana-Utah Road

 Dell, Butte Area
Interstate 15 is the latest in a series of roads that have traversed this area since prehistory. Although used for generations by Native Americans, the first recorded use of this route was by the Lewis and Clark Expedition on August 10, 1805.

69. Old Trail to the Gold Diggins'

 Dell, Butte Area
Along in the early 1840s the Americans were like they are now, seething to go somewhere. It got around that Oregon was quite a place. The Iowa people hadn’t located California yet.

70. Sawtell's Ranch

 Monida, Butte Area
In 1868, Gilman Sawtell started a dude ranch and Henry’s Lake fishery that did much to develop this natural resort area.

71. The Shambo Stagecoach Station

 Monida, Butte Area
The historic Shambo waystation was once located on the opposite side of Shambo Pond. The station served as a livery and overnight stop for the Monida and Yellowstone which acted as a link between the railhead at Monida, Montana, and Yellowstone.

72. Granite Mountain Memorial

 Butte, Butte Area
168 men lost their lives in the tragic “Spec fire” disaster on June 8, 1917.

73. The Mother Lode Theater

 Butte, Butte Area
This beautiful building is located in Butte’s historic district and is a showplace for the performing arts.

74. Montana Children's Center

 Twin Bridges, Butte Area
The economy of Twin Bridges was waning after the decline of the mining boom at the end of the 1800s.

75. Yesterday's Cafe

 Montana, Butte Area
What do you do with an old school building in a virtual ghost town on an interstate exit? You could turn it into a cafe. That’s what Ken Berthelson did.

76. Tobacco Plains

 Eureka, Northwest Montana
During the fur trapping and trading days in the early part of the last century this corner of the state was remote and inaccessible from the customary trapping grounds and operating bases of the Americans.

77. Symes Hot Springs Hotel & Mineral Baths

 Hot Springs, Northwest Montana
Built in 1928, the historic Symes Hot Springs Hotel is one of many privately owned hot springs in Montana.

78. Wild Horse Hot Springs

 Hot Springs, Northwest Montana
The springs are located on a privately owned resort that is open year round. The bathhouse offers six private soaking rooms complete with bathroom and sauna with an hourly charge.

79. Tobacco Valley Historical Village & Museum

 Eureka, Northwest Montana
This museum chronicles the original settlement of the valley by the whites and the Kootenai Indians through present day.

80. Old Jail Museum

 Thompson Falls, Northwest Montana
This two-story Italianate style jail was built in 1907 at a cost of $5,000.

81. Troy Museum & Visitor's Center Troy

 Troy, Northwest Montana
This volunteer-run museum features all Troy-related historical items.

82. The Heritage Museum

 Libby, Northwest Montana
The Heritage Museum, a 12-sided log structure, 130 feet in diameter, is filled with Libby’s old musical instruments, household implements, and logging equipment.

83. Montana City Old Town

 Libby, Northwest Montana
Revisit Libby’s history by visiting Montana City Old Town.

84. Badrock Canyon

 Flathead Area
The Great Northern Railway was constructed through Badrock Canyon in 1891.

85. A Permanent and Substantial Road

 Bigfork, Flathead Area
In the early 20th century many roads in Montana were constructed by convicts from the state prison in Deer Lodge.

86. Polson-Flathead Historical Museum

 Polson, Flathead Area
Displays that depict the late 1800s and early 1900s are exhibited both inside the Museum building and in the spacious yard.

87. Hockaday Museum of Art

 Kalispell, Flathead Area
The major visual art museum in northwest Montana is located in Kalispell’s Carnegie Library building minutes from Glacier National Park, Flathead Lake, and other area attractions.

88. Conrad Mansion

 Kalispell, Flathead Area
The Conrad Mansion is one of the most outstanding examples of luxurious living and period architecture in the Pacific Northwest.

89. The Mission Valley

 Saint Ignatius, Missoula Area
The Mission Valley, called by the Indians “Place of Encirclement,” was occupied by bands of Salish and Kalispel speaking people when the white man came

90. Fort Connah

 Saint Ignatius, Missoula Area
Fort Connah, the last of the Hudson Bay Co. trading posts established within the present borders of the United States, was built about 1/4 mile east of here.

91. Flathead Reservation

 Ravalli, Missoula Area
The Native Americans on this reservation belong to the Salish, Kalispel, Spokane, Kootenai and Pend d’Oreille tribes.

92. The Jocko Valley

 Arlee, Missoula Area
Named for Jacco (Jacques) Raphael Finlay, a fur trader and trapper in the Kootenai and Flathead Indian country, 1806-09.

93. Mullan Road

 Missoula, Missoula Area
During the years 1855-62 Captain John Mullan, 2nd Artillery, U.S.A., located and built what was known as the Mullan Road.

94. The Holocaust

 Saltese, Missoula Area
In 1910, this was a remote neck of the woods and hard to reach.

95. Savenac Nursery Historic District

 Haugan, Missoula Area
Creation of the National Forest Service in 1905 brought Elers Koch, one of the nation's first professional foresters, to inspect and evaluate the Forest Reserves of Montana and Wyoming.

96. The Iron Mountain Mine

 Superior, Missoula Area
The Iron Mountain Mine, one of the largest and most successful quartz mines in western Montana, was located about 12 miles north of here.

97. The Natural Pier Bridge

 Alberton, Missoula Area
This structure is an example of how engineers incorporated a natural feature into the design of a bridge.

98. The Big Blackfoot Railway

 Missoula, Missoula Area
The Blackfoot River has been a transportation corridor for hundreds of years, first serving Indian travelers, then later fur trappers, miners, and loggers.

99. Hell Gate & Missoula

 Missoula Area
In the Indian days, the mountain tribes had a road through here which led across the Continental Divide to the buffalo.

100. Junction of the Hell Gate & Big Blackfoot Rivers

 Bonner-West Riverside, Missoula Area
An important Indian road came east through the Hell Gate and turned up the Big Blackfoot.