GRANT KOHRS RANCH NATIONALHISTORIC SITE. DONNIE SEXTON
OLD MONTANA PRISON. TEMPEST TECHNOLOGIES
DEER LODGE AREA Deer Lodge, Montana’s second-oldest city, was settled by gold miners and ranchers in 1862. Its comparably mild climate and rich, open grasslands were prime for raising cattle that could be marketed to mining towns throughout the region and to settlers traveling the Oregon Trail. Today, Deer Lodge boasts an eclectic mix of historic buildings and attractions including five museums, such as the Old Montana Prison and Montana Auto Museum. The town is also home to the Grant-Kohrs Ranch, the only U.S. National Historic Site that is a working cattle ranch, operated by the National Park Service.
HISTORY HISTORIC GRANT-KOHRS RANCH Operated by the National Park Service as an 1880s working ranch, this is a well-preserved slice of Western history. Once home to a Montana cattle baron, it features original home furnishings, horse drawn equipment and living history events. The ranch is open yearround and admission is free. 406.846.2070, www.nps.gov/grko
OLD MONTANA PRISON This prison was in use from 1861 until 1979. Today, self-guided tours behind the gray stone walls and towers take you through a massive cell block, maximum security and to the hanging gallows. Ask about ghost tours. 406.846.3111, www.pcmaf.org
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MONTANA AUTO MUSEUM The museum offers interpretive exhibits and more than 160 classic cars. With an exceptional muscle car exhibit, you can cruise down memory lane and enjoy seven decades of automotive history. 406.846.3111,
COTTONWOOD CITY This place represents the early days of Deer Lodge. Visit the Snowshoe Creek School, the Blood Homestead Cabin, the post office, the jail and the barber shop and witness Spanish Fork blacksmith shop demonstrations.
FRONTIER MONTANA MUSEUM The best display of cowboy collectibles between Cody and Calgary can be found here. Displays include an extensive gun collection along with Civil War, Bill Cody, Custer, Native American, U.S. Calvary, Yellowstone Photographs and World War II memorabilia. 406.846.3111,
MILWAUKEE RAILROAD This display features the 1909 Last Spike Monument, an all-electric “Little Joe” engine built in 1948 for Joseph Stalin, a Bayside caboose and an E9 diesel locomotive. 406.846.3111,
POWELL COUNTY MUSEUM Old mining exhibits, Huntoon woodcarving collection and life in Powell County are featured in this local history museum. 406.846.3111, www.pcmaf.org
YESTERDAY’S PLAYTHINGS See an intriguing collection of handmade porcelain dolls and toys from days gone by, including a Model Train Display and Railroad Exhibit. 406.846.3111, www.pcmaf.org
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