Montana Historic Sites

Montana Historic Sites

Follow in your ancestors' footsteps at these museums and living history locations.

? C.M. Russell Museum and Gallery

400 13th St. N.

Great Falls, MT 59401

(406) 727-8787

<www.cmrussell.org>: See the work of cowboy-turned-Western-artist Charles M. Russell and several of his contemporaries. Period furnishings and the artist’s tools are on display in Russell’s nearby home and circa 1903 log studio.

? Glacier National Park

Highway 2, Box 128

West Glacier, MT 59936

(406) 888-7800

<www.nps.gov/glac>: Tucked inside this stunning million-acre wilderness are more than 350 historic landmarks and structures listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Don’t miss the Numa Ridge Fire Lookout; Lake McDonald Lodge; the Isaac Walton Inn (built for the Great Northern Railway) and the breathtaking Going-to-the-Sun Road.

? Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail Interpretive Center

4201 Giant Springs Road

Box 1806

Great Falls, MT 59403

(406) 727-8733

<www.fs.fed.us/r1/lewisclark/lcic>: This museum features exhibits on the Corps of Discovery’s local explorations, interactions with American Indians and challenging journey across the Missouri River’s falls. The center’s surrounding landscape showcases native plants, spring and summer wildflowers and autumn foliage.

? Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument

Highway 212, Box 39

Crow Agency, MT 59022

(406) 638-3204

<www.nps.gov/libi>: Take a self-guidedor bus tour of historical markers explaining this legendary 1876 battle. Sioux and Cheyenne warriors, led by Sitting Bull, defeated Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer’s US 7th Cavalry. The monument also is home to a visitor center, Custer National Cemetery and the White Swan Memorial Library.

? Museum of the Rockies

Montana State University — Bozeman

600 W. Kagy Blvd.

Bozeman, MT 59717

(406) 994-2251

<www.montana.edu/wwwmor>:Explore the rich natural and cultural history of the northern Rocky Mountains through exhibits spanning dinosaur days to ancient cultures to Lewis and Clark. A photo archive contains 80,000 historical images documenting the region’s people, places, industries and events.

? Western Heritage Center

2822 Montana Ave.

Billings, MT 59101

(406) 256-6809

<www.ywhc.org>: This research center and museum safeguards 16,000 artifacts and photos that document the social history, architecture and development of the Yellowstone River Valley. Exhibits include a Northern Cheyenne tepee, a working irrigation headgate and videotaped oral histories.

? World Museum of Mining

155 Museum Way

Box 33

Butte, MT 59703

(406) 723-7211

<www.miningmuseum.org>:The mining boom affected your Montana ancestors one way or another. This museum’s exhibits — including a re-created underground mine and original Orphan Girl Mine structures — focus on life in mining towns and the technology miners used.

Visitor Information

? Travel Montana

1424 Ninth Ave.

Box 200533

Helena, MT 59620

(800) 847-4868

<www.visitmt.com>

? Lewis & Clark in Montana

<lewisandclark.state.mt.us>

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From the August 2005 Family Tree Magazine 
 

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