The Oldest Town In Montana That Everyone Should Visit At Least Once

The rest of the country might be thinking of November 8 as Election Day, but the Montanans who know their history know that it’s special for another reason: It’s Montana’s birthday. The Treasure State joined the Union in 1889, but Fort Benton existed over 40 years before that. It’s one of the oldest settlements in the American West, and 169 years later, it still has its original charm.

Ready to visit Fort Benton? If you can’t make it yet, start with one of these other historic Montana towns.