Tucked away, almost hidden in southeastern Montana, the town of Ekalaka requires some work to find. It is unlikely that anyone would just stumble upon it, yet the effort is worthwhile to anyone who’s looking for a slice of mostly undiscovered territory in a municipality that barely covers a square mile. A museum, a nearby state park, and a traditional prairie town setting define Ekalaka.

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The legend of the founding of Ekalaka includes the settler’s theory that “Any place in Montana is a good place to open a saloon.” The town has fewer than 400 residents, but it is capable of accommodating visitors, for meals, refreshments, and overnight stays. Getting there requires exiting the interstate highways in the region, but state roads will get you there.

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