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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. 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. More Info

2. 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. More Info

3. Bannack State Park Campground

 Bannack, Butte Area
Bannack was the site of the state’s first big gold strike in 1862 and the birthplace of Montana’s government. Gold was discovered in Grasshopper Creek on July 28, 1862. This strike set off a massive gold rush that swelled Bannack. More Info

4. Big Horn County Historical Museum & Visitors Center

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

5. 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. More Info

6. Sacrifice Cliff

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

7. Troy Museum & Visitor's Center Troy

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

8. 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. More Info

9. 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. More Info

10. Atlantic Cable Quartz Lode Historic Marker

 Anaconda, Butte Area
Location: West of Anaconda This mining property was located June 15, 1867, the name commemorating the laying of the second transatlantic cable. More Info

11. 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. More Info

12. 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. More Info

13. 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. More Info

14. Badrock Canyon

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

15. Bear Paw Battlefield

 Chinook, Havre Area
In the summer of 1877, five bands of Nez Perce, including some Palouse allies, began a 1,300-mile journey from northeastern Oregon and central Idaho through Montana Territory. More Info

16. Boulder Hot Springs Historical Marker

 Boulder, Helena Area
For centuries Native Americans have been coming to these pure, flowing hot water springs for rest and healing. More Info

17. 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. More Info

18. Copper Village Museum & Art Center

 Anaconda, Butte Area
A dream of copper magnate Marcus Daly was to make Anaconda the state capital. For that reason, he spared no expense in making Anaconda’s buildings spectacular. More Info

19. Anaconda Historical Marker

 Anaconda, Butte Area
Location: East edge of Anaconda Selected by Marcus Daly as a smelter site in 1883 because of an abundant supply of good water, Anaconda was the home of the Washoe Smelter of the Anaconda Copper Mining Company until 1980. More Info

20. Cathedral of Saint Helena

 Helena, Helena Area
A must-see Helena landmark, this magnificent cathedral was modeled after the Vienna Votive Church and the German Cologne Cathedral. A must-see Helena landmark, this magnificent cathedral was modeled after the Vienna Votive Church and the German.... More Info

21. 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. More Info

22. 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. More Info

23. Belt Jail

 Belt, Great Falls Area
Lewis and Clark or early trappers named nearby Belt Butte for its girdle or rocks. More Info

24. 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. More Info

25. A Montana Crossroads Historical Marker

 Loma, Havre Area
The Missouri River once flowed northeasterly through this valley to Hudson Bay. More Info

26. Captain Meriwether Lewis

 Dupuyer, Great Falls Area
Captain Meriwether Lewis of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, accompanied by three of his men, explored this portion of the country upon their return trip from the coast. More Info

27. 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. More Info

28. 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. More Info

29. Blackfeet and Buffalo

 Choteau, Great Falls Area
In the days of the fur traders and trappers immediately following the time of the Lewis and Clark Expedition (1804-06) all of this country bordering the Rocky Mountains was buffalo range and the hunting grounds. More Info

30. Basin Trading Post

 Stanford, Central Montana
The famous White Wolf is on display at this historic stop in downtown Stanford. More Info

31. Black Eagle Falls

 Great Falls, Great Falls Area
The uppermost of the Great Falls of the Missouri bears west of this point. More Info

32. 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. More Info

33. Camp Disappointment

 Browning, Great Falls Area
The monument on the hill above was erected by the Great Northern Railway in 1925 to commemorate the farthest point north reached by the Lewis and Clark Expedition, 1804-06. More Info

34. 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. More Info

35. 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. More Info

36. Bear Mouth Historical Marker

 Drummond, Southwest Montana
Location: West of Drummond Bear Mouth, across the river to the south, was a trading point for the placer camps at Beartown, Garnet, and Coloma located in the hills north of here. More Info

37. Frontier Gateway Museum

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

38. 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. More Info

39. 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. More Info

40. 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. More Info

41. St. Ignatius Mission Church

 Saint Ignatius, Missoula Area
Much of the earliest history of the settlement of Montana started here. More Info

42. 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. More Info

43. Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument

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

44. Pictograph Cave State Park

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

45. Butte Historical Marker

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

46. 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. More Info

47. Fort Maginnis Historical Marker

 Lewistown, Central Montana
Fort Maginnis, the last army post created in Montana, was built about 8 miles north of here in 1880. More Info

48. Continental Divide Elevation 6325 Historical Marker

 Helena, Helena Area
MacDonald Pass joins two other Continental Divide crossings as vital links between east and west in Montana. More Info

49. Montana State Capital

 Helena, Helena Area
Situated against a backdrop of the hills of Helena, the Montana State Capital commands a panoramic view of the Helena Valley. More Info

50. 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. More Info

51. 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. More Info

52. 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. More Info

53. Jefferson Valley

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

54. 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. More Info

55. Huntley Project Museum of Irrigated Agriculture

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

56. Hurry Honyocker Hurry! Historical Marker

 Havre, Havre Area
Honyocker, scissorbill, nester … He was the Joad of a quarter-century ago, swarming into hostile land; duped when he started, robbed when he arrived. More Info

57. 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. More Info

58. 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. More Info

59. 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. More Info

60. Chet Huntley Schoolhouse

 Saco, Havre Area
This schoolhouse is preserved as the typical country school it was when the nationally-known newscaster, Chet Huntley, attended. More Info

61. Montana City Old Town

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

62. 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. More Info

63. Fort Peck Indian Reservation Historical Marker

 Poplar, Northeast Montana
Fort Peck Indian Reservation is the home of two tribes, whose forefathers were living in this vicinity when Lewis and Clark came up the Missouri. More Info

64. Fort Chardon Historical Marker

 Big Sandy, Havre Area
Captains Meriwether Lewis and William Clark passed through this area (1805) on their expedition to the Pacific Ocean, and the landscape here remains much as they described it. More Info

65. 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. More Info

66. 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. More Info

67. Fort Peck Theatre

 Fort Peck, Northeast Montana
The small town of Fort Peck nestled alongside the Fort Peck Dam is the last place you’d expect to find a summer stock theater. More Info

68. First Discovery of Gold in Montana Historical Marker

 Gold Creek, Southwest Montana
Location: East of Gold Creek Opposite this point, a creek flows into the Clark Fork River from the west. In 1852, a French halfbreed, Francois Finlay, commonly known as “Benetsee,” prospected the creek for placer gold. More Info

69. 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. More Info

70. 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. More Info

71. Old Jail Museum

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

72. Traveler's Rest Historic Marker

 Lolo, Southwest Montana
Location: South of Lolo The Lewis and Clark Expedition, westward bound, camped at the mouth of Lolo Creek September 9th, 10th, 1805. More Info

73. Lennep Mercantile Historical Marker

 Lennep, Central Montana
Built in 1914 by M. T. Grande, this building housed a grocery store with a small supply of dry goods. More Info

74. Granite Mountain Memorial

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

75. Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail

 Great Falls, Great Falls Area
It is part of the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail commemorating the Lewis and Clark Expedition. More Info

76. Fort Fizzle Historic Site and Picnic Area

 Lolo, Southwest Montana
To block the Nez Perce from entering Montana, Captain Rawn, 7th Infantry, with thirty enlisted men and four officers from nearby Fort Missoula, entrenched themselves behind log breastworks in a small opening along the Lolo Creek drainage. More Info

77. Cow Country Historical Marker

 Roundup, Central Montana
In the 1880s, days of the open range, many a roundup outfit worked this country. More Info

78. 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. More Info

79. 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. More Info

80. 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. More Info

81. 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. More Info

82. 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. More Info

83. Medicine Tree Historical Marker

 Darby, Southwest Montana
This Ponderosa Pine has been standing guard here on the bend of the river for nearly 400 years. More Info

84. Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Depot

 Great Falls, Great Falls Area
The Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Railway was constructed between 1907 and 1909, the last transcontinental railroad to cross Montana. More Info

85. Liquid Gold Historical Marker

 Vandalia, Northeast Montana
Water is the lifeblood of Montana. During the state’s early settlement, the rivers provided transportation and trading routes; later they sustained the livestock and crops of ranchers and homesteaders More Info

86. Flathead Reservation

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

87. 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. More Info

88. Dinosaurs Historical Marker

 Jordan, Northeast Montana
Difficult to believe now, but 80 million years ago the middle of our continent was a shallow sea. More Info

89. First Methodist Episcopal Church of Chester

 Chester, Havre Area
The first two decades of the twentieth century saw railroad promotion and homestead settling along Montana’s Hi-Line. Chester was one of the first communities to spring up along the new Great Northern Railway Line in the 1890s. More Info

90. Ingomar Public School Historical Marker

 Ingomar, Central Montana
As hundreds of farmers and ranchers homesteaded the arid, treeless plains of northwestern Rosebud County, the townsite of Ingomar was platted along the tracks of the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railway in 1912. More Info

91. 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. More Info

92. 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. More Info

93. 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. More Info

94. 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. More Info

95. Fort Union Trading Post

 Bainville, Northeast Montana
John Jacob Astor’s American Fur Company built Fort Union in 1829 near the junction of the Missouri and Yellowstone rivers in what is now North Dakota. More Info

96. Marcus Daly Mansion

 Hamilton, Southwest Montana
Marcus Daly, an Irish immigrant, made his fortune in the mines of Butte and founded the Anaconda Mining Company. One of Montana’s colorful “Copper Kings” he established the towns of Anaconda, with his smelter, and Hamilton, with his lumber industry. More Info

97. 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. More Info

98. In Memoriam Historical Marker

 Frazer, Northeast Montana
In the summer of 1837, an American Fur Trading Company steamboat laden with trade goods made its way from St. Louis to Fort Union. More Info