Wherever you go in Montana, you will find interesting places to visit that preserve the vast history of this state.
Havre Beneath the Streets
Havre, located in Russell Country in Northcentral Montana, served as a major railroad service center in the late 1800’s and is an Amtrak stop today. In 1904, fire destroyed Havre’s business district and they rebuilt the city underground. There was a Chinese laundromat, a saloon, a drugstore, a brothel and some of the rooms were also used during prohibition. You can tour the underground city today and see the rooms that are preserved as they were in the early days.
Bannack Ghost Walk
If you’re traveling through Southwest Montana, be sure to stop over in Bannack. Now a state park, Bannack originally was a mining camp known for its vigilante justice. When gold was discovered in the banks of Grasshopper Creek in 1862, the area started booming and houses and businesses sprouted up rapidly. Today you can see what life was like in the mining town. Stroll through the old Bannack and watch live reenactments of significant events throughout the history of the city.
If you’re interested in early western life on a cattle ranch, take time to visit the Grant Kohrs Ranch, home of Montana’s cattle king. Located near Deer Lodge on the high plains, the ranch is a National Historic Site today. The house was built in 1862 and contains most of the original furnishings. Tour guides explain life in the years the Grant and Kohrs families lived on the ranch.
Virginia City National Historic Landmark
Here you’ll see an old west mining town frozen in time. You’ll relive the lively times of the gold era in Montana and be entertained by the Virginia City Players as they recreate scenes from the glory days. Located in Southwest Montana, this preserved city and it’s near neighbor Nevada City are both worth a stop. https://virginiacitymt.com/