The St. Ignatius Mission in Montana was founded in 1845 by Father Adrian Hoeken and Pierre De Smet, a 19th century Jesuit Missionary who travelled extensively throughout the west. The Mission was established after repeated requests from the Flathead tribe to send “Blackcoats” to their region. The current building was built between 1891 and 1893 using clay from the area to make the bricks. Within the church are 58 murals painted by the mission cook, an untrained artist. Behind and above the podium is an acoustic shell which projects the voice of the speaker without the need of a PA system. Outside is the cabin used by the priests and one used by the nuns who eventually joined the mission. This later became home to the first schools and hospital in Montana.
Sluice boxes have been used for (and are still used for) placer mining gold. The box is used to separate the gold from the placer gravel by running water through the box in a creek (that’s the short and sweet version-you’re welcome). Sluice Boxes State Park, pictured here, has the same likeness to the sluice boxes used by placer miners during the Montana gold rush in this very area (Little Belt Mountains). Down the road, you’ll see what’s left of the mining towns of Neihart, Monarch and a few others. This scenic byway continues to be one of my favorite drives that I’ve been taking my entire life. #montana #montanamoment #montanahistory #historybuff #sluiceboxes #takethelongwayhome #crickorcreek #itscrick
Theodore Roosevelt came to Billings in October 1918, ostensibly to support World War I’s Fourth Liberty Loan Drive. However, he primarily focused on the danger of the Nonpartisan League, the farmers’ organization supporting Jeannette Rankin’s bid for Congress on a third-party ticket. The NPL—which Roosevelt believed secretly opposed the war—promoted the state ownership of banks and grain elevators...; to Roosevelt, this smacked of “Bolshevism.” Tarred as “anti-American,” the League’s popularity plummeted. Image: Cartoon by W. C. Morris, the Nonpartisan Leader, November 25, 1918. #WW1 #WW1MT #Montana #MontanaHistory #MTHist #BillingsMontana #TheodoreRoosevelt #JeannetteRankin
'The Stack'. In operation for over 60 years, the Anaconda Copper Company smelter stack was built to discharge exhaust gases from the various roasting & smelting furnaces which processed copper from the nearby Butte mines. The smelter employed thousands for decades until it was shut down in 1980. Although it was an extremely dangerous & toxic work environment, it was the lifeline of many families and the lifeblood of the town. The historic landmark turned 100 this year and stands alone at 585 feet (the surroundings structures were leveled) after being saved from demolition by citizens of Anaconda; a reminder of a bygone era and the economic & environmental consequences of mining.
Located immediately above the mouth of Cow Creek on the Missouri River, the Cow Island Landing Skirmish Site represents the location of a September 23-24, 1877 encounter between warriors belonging to five non-treaty Nez Perce bands and a small party of entrenched U.S. Army soldiers and civilian freight clerks during the 1877 Nez Perce War. At the time of the engagement, the location served as a commercial freight depot and landing. Last Friday, on September 21, the Cow Island Landing Skirmish Site was passed by the Montana State Historic Preservation Review Board for submittal to the Keeper of the National Register! #CowCreek #MissouriRiver #Montana #MontanaHistory #MTHist #BigSkyCountry #NezPerce #NationalRegister
A few weeks ago I visited a Montana ghost town located off the Pioneer Mountains Scenic Byway, called Coolidge. Its boom time was in 1914 when a silver vein was discovered. A mill, school, church, and even a railroad were all built for the 350 residents of the town, but the silver petered out long before the mill and railroad made enough money to make the venture worth its while. The town of Coolidge was deserted more quickly than it had been built, and it has not been renovated in any way. Roofs caved in by snow packs left behind moss-covered wooden shacks, outhouses, a school, etc. The next to the last photo is of the church which became dislodged and drifted down the stream, where it's now stuck with water flowing through its doorway. This is a lovely place for hiking, picnics, etc. So relaxing... #montanaghosttown #montana #hiking #naturephotography #nature #montanahistory
Albert Joseph Seligman came to Montana in 1881 from New York City. He was a member of one of the wealthiest families in the country, one which ranked financially with the Rothschilds and the Morgans. The J. & W. Seligman & Co. banking firm had invested heavily in mining enterprises in Helena, and was having difficulty in managing them from a distance. A. J. Seligman, then a young mining engineer presumably was sent to look after the Seligman interests. Seligman and the family financial backing he commanded became an important factor in the development of Helena and the Montana Territory. During and following the 1893 panic, Seligman and his money helped save a number of Montana businesses that might otherwise have been closed. In 1886, Seligman commissioned Cass Gilbert, then practicing architecture in St. Paul, Minn., to design a "bachelor's abode" for him, amid rumors that he would soon be married. The rumors were correct; he married Lillie Glazier in New York City on Dec. 22, 1886, and brought his bride to Montana to live in this mansion. The building is one of a number of structures, private, public and commercial, designed by eastern or midwestern architects for this prosperous center of activity in the Montana Territory in the 1880's.
#mansion #montanamansion #montanahistory
I love ending the day with a walk to the graveyard. 🌿 The cemetery in our neighborhood is the oldest in this area, and holds so much history! 🌿 Do you have a favorite neighborhood haunt (get it?!) or a weird place that inspires you?! 🌿
#montanamoment #montanahistory #montanalife #helenamontana
“The Gallatin Gateway Inn is a Spanish-stucco style railroad hotel at Gallatin Gateway, Montana. The hotel is one of the "Historic Inns of America." The Gallatin Gateway Inn was opened on June 18, 1927. Constructed and operated by The Milwaukee Road, the luxury hotel was reached by electrified railroad branch line that connected to the Milwaukee's main line at Three Forks, Montana. It was among the first hotels in Montana with telephones in every room and offered travelers access to Yellowstone National Park. Park buses took passengers from the hotel to the park.” . . . .
What if the hotel was open to the public again and offering hotel, restaurant, and venue services? 📷: @historicmontana
Congratulations to Natasha Hollenbach, Digital Projects Librarian, for receiving the 2018 Montana Governor's Award for Excellence in Performance for the Montana Historical Society!
With quiet efficiency, Natasha Hollenbach has led the Montana Historical Society’s efforts to expand online access to historic materials. Over the past year alone, she has added more than 80,000 pages to Montana’s online repository of historic newspapers. She has directed the implementation of our online exhibit platform, the Digital Vault, and has assisted with ‘installing’ two of its major exhibits. Not stopping at making the materials accessible, Natasha instructs the public (and, MHS staff!) on how to effectively use these resources. #MontanaMoment #MontanaHistory #MTHist #Newspapers #History #Montana #BigSkyCountry #LastBestPlace #Digitization #Repository
The Milltown Dam was initially known as Clark's Dam for its owner William A. Clark. One of the famed Montana "Copper Kings," Clark was an entrepreneur with political ambitions. In 1899, his failed attempt to bribe the Montana State Legislature for a seat on the US Senate lead to the passage of the 17th Amendment--which established the popular election of US Senators by the people. He went on to serve one term as a Montana Senator from 1901 to 1907. .
#DamMondays #history #montanahistory #historygram #milltownstatepark #westernmontana #missoulamt #mininghistory #industry