Attractions November 08, 2016
10 Historical Landmarks You Absolutely Must Visit In Montana
Montana became a state on November 8, 1889, but of course, our area history goes back centuries before that, and we like to honor that history, too. These 10 historical landmarks tell some of our state’s story and are must-sees for anyone who calls Montana home.
During these uncertain times, please keep safety in mind and consider adding destinations to your bucket list to visit at a later date.
1. Pictograph State Park, 3401 Coburn Rd., Billings
Pictograph Cave State Park consists of three caves that were the site of some of Montana’s first professional archaeological studies. The pictographs in the cave are over 2,100 years old.
2. Bannack State Park, 721 Bannack Rd., Dillon
Bannack is a historic ghost town that dates back to 1862, when John White discovered gold on Grasshopper Creek. Over 60 structures remain standing, most of which can be explored.
3. First Peoples Buffalo Jump, 342 Ulm -Vaughn Rd., Ulm
What was once one of the largest bison jumps in North America is now a state park with scenic views of the Rocky Mountain Front and the Missouri River Valley.
4. Grant-Kohrs Ranch, 266 Warren Ln, Deer Lodge
This historic site was created in 1972 and commemorates the Western cattle industry from the 1850s through recent times. The working ranch was one of the first cattle operations in Montana.
5. Pompey’s Pillar National Monument, Billings area
This pillar is a little piece of our earliest history. It's full of Native American petroglyphs as well as the signature of William Clark, co-leader of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.
6. Virginia City Historic District
Virginia City is a charming place, and it also happens to be a National Historic Landmark District. As the former state capital for 10 years, it should be a requirement for every Montanan to visit.
7. Chief Plenty Coups State Park, 1 Pryor Rd, Pryor
This was once the home of Chief Plenty Coups, the last chief of the Crow. The park is now a quiet place on the Crow Indian Reservation to enjoy a walk or a picnic and is open year-round.
8. Fort Benton Historic District
Fort Benton is so full of history that it's called the Birthplace of Montana. It was established in 1846, a full generation before the Civil War
9. Great Northern Railway Buildings, Glacier National Park
The five buildings that were built by the Great Northern Railway have been national historic landmarks since 1987. You can still stay in the Belton Chalet, a historic hotel that was built in 1910.
10. Butte-Anaconda Historic District
Pay homage to our mining history by exploring the Butte-Anaconda Historic District... and take your time. It has the most resources of any U.S. National Historic Landmark District.
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