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A photo of one of the first hotels in Billings taken around 1883. The International Hotel was located on Montana Ave, between 25th & 26th streets. http://mtmemory.org/cdm/singleitem/collection/p16013coll53/id/215/rec/153 #tbthursday #billingspubliclibrary #billingslibrary #librariesofintstagram #mtlibraries #montanahistory #billingsmt #montanamemoryproject
Gone with the wind...
The adventuring started today.
From the back of this hand-drawn picture: "Gift of Tom Ray to Norman Holter, and of N. Holter to Historical Society, 1955? T. Ray, formerly a Montanan, now in California with Brown & Bigelow [Publishing Co.] according to information from M. [Michael, Director of MHS] Kennedy." #Montana #MontanaHistory #Drawing #Art
"This grandiose, three-story Italianate style hotel", which opened in 1882, "welcomed weary river travelers to Fort Benton, offering guests a luxurious refuge before setting out for less civilized destinations." #Montana #MontanaHistory #PhotooftheDay #FtBenton
From the archives! A list of suggested books for children to read over the summer, in 1903! 📚😯 #billingspubliclibrary #billingslibrary #librariesofintstagram #mtlibraries #montanahistory #billingsmt
Little Blackfoot woman...pondering the life of the great Blackfoot warrior woman, Running Eagle, whom these falls are named after. "She was born "Otaki" during Hudsons Bay Trading era in Southern Alberta Canada. She was called "Brown Weasel Woman" and the oldest child of five. She was from the Piegan Tribe of the Blackfeet Nation. When she was young, she preferred to play with the boys over the girls and wanted to do the things her brothers were doing, and against her mother’s wishes, her father began to teach her. Otaki's father was a very important warrior in their tribe and he taught her how to hunt and fight. Soon, she was good enough to go out on hunting expeditions and shoot a buffalo on her own. On one particular hunting expedition, the group was attacked by the Assiniboine, an enemy tribe of theirs. As Otaki fled along with the rest of the hunting party, her father’s horse was shot down. As soon as she saw this, she turned around and raced straight into enemy fire. She dropped the fresh meat from her horse and pulled her father on with her, saving his life. After this victory, she was celebrated and she was allowed to sing the Victory Song, and a Scalp Dance was done in her honor. Although many celebrated her victory, there were also those who shunned her behavior as a woman. Her mother fell ill and Otaki had to help care for her. Around the same time, her father died in a battle against the Crows. She then went on to battle and found a widow to care for her siblings. She continued in war parties for years and died in 1878 in battle. #montana #montanahistory #blackfeetnation #blackfeetstories #runningeaglefalls #waterfalls #blackfoot #blackfootindian #nativeamericanhistory #storiesuntold #stories #ourstories #storiesmatter #remembering #honoringourstories #glaciernationalpark #gnp #trails #nature #naturevibes #mountains
Learn about Bozeman history over beers with @extremehistoryproject TONIGHT from 5-8PM at the Bunkhouse! Local experts will give a short talk on Bozeman history with a round of historical trivia to follow. Prizes will be awarded! 🙌🏻🍻In addition, we’ll be donating 50 cents from every pint and $2.00 from every growler fill sold during the event back to this wonderful local nonprofit. So join us to raise a pint for history’s sake! 🍻🍻🍻 . . . . #history #bozemanhistory #montanahistory #mthistory #communitypintnight #trivia #bunkhousebrewery #bunkhousebeer #mtbeer #bznbeer #bozemanbeer #craftbeer #beer #bozeman #montana #bozemanmontana #drinklocal #drinkbeer #beerpics #beerme #beerlife #beergeek #cheers
Jim Carrig riding with his mom, Maxine. Part of her life story was published in The Magazine of Western History. Follow the link on our blog. #montanabones #therealdeal #mom #horseshowlife #visitmontana #blackandwhite #westernhistory #themagazineofwesternhistory #montanahistory #montanahistoricalsociety #montanahistoryfoundation
Love the look of these old structures, this one’s in the Centennial Valley...#montanahistory
It's #Montanamonday  which means we have another amazing story from our archives to feature! Today we are featuring Maurice Hilleman who grew up in Miles City, Montana in the 1920's and 1930's. Hilleman became a microbiologist and developed many of the vaccines that are still used today including the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine. Read more of his story here http://billingslibrary.org/458/Montana-Room.  Sources used include @billingsgazette #billingspubliclibrary #billingslibrary #librariesofintstagram #mtlibraries #montanahistory #montana
The Gehring Ranch near Helena has been named to the National Register of Historic Places. A conservation easement on the property helps preserve the ranch's historic legacy. Helena IR photo #conservation #montana #montanahistory #ranchlegacy #historicranches #nationalregisterofhistoricplaces #ranchlife #montanaranches #landtrustalliance #ranchlegacy #oldwest #historyofmontana #helenamt #helenavalley
I drove past Saint Philip a handful of times looking for it over the past few months. Then I turned down a different road and went up the hill. Saint Phillip is one of a handful of small community's that were in Wibuax County. The memorial that stands besides the church (slightly hidden by a tree in the photo) states that the community was a Polish speaking community, many of whom fought for the U.S. in World War 1. #wibauxmt #wibauxcounty #montanahistory #sunset #southeastmontana #montana #churches #history #abandoned #goldenhour #abandonedplaces #cemetery #memorials #photooftheday #great_captures #church
Starving art... collector. We absolutely could not leave without these in our possession. "Just" the limited edition prints here - so please forgive the quality of these pics, as the prints are still covered in protective plastic. Love the history behind each piece. Montana history. We must get these framed and up on the wall stat! Love, love, love! The "real" large format pieces; printed on Belgian linen are very impressive! Check out his work @milesglynnart ! * Side note: I had an idea for my own artwork, similar to these - though of course uniquely my own -. I hope to still see it through someday! The idea was original! * Thanks @ajsorg , we did good! * #montanaart #modernart #westernart #artcollector #summerfair #wallpaper #montanahistory #horse #bison #spiritanimal #dowhatmakesyouhappy #starvingartcollector #beautiful #supportlocalartists
Sunday road trip to Whitefish to look at a Treehouse Project. The old Mill in Ronan, MT. if buildings could talk and tell you their stories - I’m sure she would have some great ones of days gone by. #roadtrip #montana #lazysunday #oldbuildings #montanahistory
Marysville, Montana - Built in 1886 the Methodist Church was last used in 1939. Have a blessed Sunday!! #oldchurches #montanahistory #montana #blessedsunday #travel #explore #adventure
OnThisDay in 1961, the white bison Big Medicine (1933–1959) was dedicated by Governor Donald G. Nutter in ceremonies at the Montana Historical Society. To many Indian peoples, white buffalo are sacred and represent great spiritual power. Consequently, the May 3, 1933, birth of a white buffalo calf on the National Bison Range on Montana's Flathead Indian Reservation was greeted with celebration an...d wonder. The birth was a crowning achievement of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes' efforts to recover a population of bison for their reservation. Named in recognition of the sacred power attributed to white bison, Big Medicine held great significance for the people of Montana, both Native American and non-Indian. For this reason, in the early 1950s the Montana Historical Society made arrangements to ensure that, upon his death, Big Medicine would be moved to the state's museum and permanently preserved for future generations. Image: Big Medicine at Montana’s Museum, X1961.24.01. #MontanaMoment #MontanaHistory #Buffalo #Bison #Montana
Construction photos of the addition to the original library building, now the Western Heritage Center in 1923! 🙂 Also shown behind the building is what appears to be a railroad crossing tower. Crossing towers were used to warn people of oncoming trains before automated gates were in use. 🚂#tbthursday #billingspubliclibrary #billingslibrary #librariesofintstagram #mtlibraries #montanahistory
For the answer and so much more, why not dig into a little local history? Check out our favorite places to hit up on a summer afternoon. For the history buffs out there, want to comment and add to our list? ⠀ ⠀ • Western Heritage Center, downtown⠀ • Peter Yegen Jr. Yellowstone County Museum⠀ • Moss Mansion⠀ • Pictograph Caves State Park⠀ ⠀ #yvw #yvwmagazine #billings #downtownbillings #historybuff #westernhistory #montanahistory
New "Copper K" colorway inspired by the historic Copper K barn where I used to help with lambing as a young girl. Homegrown fiber dyed by me :) Yarn and Fiber will be available in my booth at the Copper K Fiber Fest. July 21 & 22 South of a Whitehall Montana. #copperkfiberfestival #copperkfiberfest #montanawool #montanahistory #fiberartist #ranchliving #sheep #fiberfestival #montanafestivals
Took a solo 🚲 ride around Bozeman today to explore its history and funkiness!❤️ . I love thinking about all the history inside this 1892 🚂 passenger depot that’s all boarded up now! . . . #bozemanhistory #montanahistory #trainstation #bikemt #bozemanmt #explorebozeman #exploremontana #travelbozeman #travelmontana #railroad #railroadtracks #bikemontana #specializedbikes #summerinmontana #montanasummer #montanasummers #bozemansummer
From the Archives! The library's first registration book, dated Oct 1st 1901! 📚🙂 #billingspubliclibrary #billingslibrary #librariesofintstagram #mtlibraries #montanahistory
Limited edition belt buckle featuring the Seal of the Territory of Montana. Only 7 of 500 left! Get yours before they’re gone! To purchase, call Bannack State Park at 406-834-3413. $25 with a $5 shipping and handling fee, payable over the phone. . . . #bannackmt #bannack #bannackmontana #mtstateparks #southwestmt #montanamoment #montana #territorialseal #oroyplata #history #montanahistory #beltbuckle #ironworks #limitededition #buckle #goldmining
Took a really great trip up to the Gildersleeve mine. I highly recommend a visit!!! Tell Sue and Anna we said hello! #GildersleeveMine #HistoricMontana #MontanaHistory #exploremontana #ExploreHistory #LoloNationalForest #montana #Jeep #wranglersrule #GetOffTheCouch #GetOut #ilovemontana
My husband’s parents took us with them on a boat tour of The Gates of the Mountains near Helena Montana. So much fun! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #Freedom #IndependenceDay #exploretheoutdoors #getoutside #BoatTour #GatesOfTheMountain #Montana #montanafun #history #montanahistory #homeschoolfieldtrip #406 #savorlifeintensely #mightymo
The #DumasBrothel  was a #bordello  in #Butte #Montana . The brothel was founded by #FrenchCanadian  brothers Joseph and Arthur Nadeau in 1890 and named after the nominal owner, Delia Nadeau, née Dumas, who was Joseph's wife. It grew considerably through the years, with the miners employed by the city's #copper #mines  often patronizing the establishment. After several changes of the "madams" and continuing pressure from authorities, the #brothel closed in 1982, described as "a rare, intact commentary on social #history ". At the time of its closure, it was the longest operating brothel in the United States, having operated years after prostitution was made illegal. After closing, the brothel changed hands several times, eventually becoming a #tourist attraction owned and managed by a series of Butte residents.#tabimagery #montanahistory
Thank you @bannackstatepark for having us today! We are so excited to get started on this project, we love combining new technology with something old and so historic to Montana! We can’t wait to get this project started at the end of the month! #bannackstatepark #communicationresources #oldmeetsnew #firealarm #montanahistory #telecommunications
Our archives are overflowing with amazing photos, newspaper clippings, personal letters, pamphlets and more! We would like to share some of the most interesting finds with you so every Monday we will be featuring a Tale from our archives on Social Media! #Montanamonday This week we are featuring the story of Mary Lucas Hawkins a woman who was taken hostage by John Dillinger and Baby-Face Nelson. That’s right, John Dillinger and Baby-Face Nelson the notorious gangsters of the 1930s! Read the entire story here http://billingslibrary.org/458/Montana-Room!  #billingspubliclibrary #billingslibrary #librariesofintstagram #mtlibraries #montanahistory
Was surprised to stumble on the true headwaters of the Missouri River this summer. Lots of great reads on Lewis and Clark searching for this point and the actual, but little discussed, discovery by Jacob Bower. #montanahistory
The quote that is below the statue of Thomas Francis Meagher really got me. 🇺🇸 "The true American knows, feels and with enthusiasm declares, that of all human emotions, of human passions, there is not one more pure, more nobel, more conducive, to good and great and glorious deeds, then that which bears us back to the spot that was the cradle of our childhood, the playground of our boyhood, the theatre of our manhood." -Thomas Francis Meagher March 7th 1866 Virginia City, MT.
Did a little exploring today. Too tired to fight a Balrog so didn't go in. . . . . . . #montana #montanahistory #oldmines #lordoftherings #wheresgandalfwhenyouneedhim #montanasummer #youshallnotpass
Wow this place was something else...amazing!
Sluiced it up at the Sluice Boxes State Park. Me and my sister's first hike together!! Crazy right? Definately going back when there's less folks. It's fuckin beautiful country. #montana #hikemontana #getoutside #gohiking #406life #wilderness #montanahistory
Independence Day was spent with family enjoying a boat tour at Gates Of The Mountain. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #Freedom #IndependenceDay #exploretheoutdoors #getoutside #playwithyourkids #motherhoodinspired #letthembelittle #JosephKale #CarterIan #RobinLucas #TresselBoys #motherhood #motherhoodintheraw #motherhoodinmoments #ig_motherhood #childhood #childhoodunplugged #childhoodmemories #boymom #boymomx3 #BoatTour #GatesOfTheMountain #Montana #montanafun #history #montanahistory #homeschoolfieldtrip #406 #savorlifeintensely
On a scale of 1-10, how much do I love my state? 1889. #montana #history #montanahistory #easternmt #love #reading #gotoyourlibrary #getabook #alwayslearning
Belgrade Community Market is rolling. Stop by and see us. We will be here until 7:00 #belgrademt #belgradecommunitymarket #farmersmarket #406life #handpaintedsigns #localhistory #montanahistory
Gold prospecting, trailblazing through Native American territory and MURDER. The life of John Bozeman parallels the lives of thousands of pioneers that flooded the territories of the American West during the 19th century. Learn more about Bozeman on our blog! . . . . #bozeman #montanahistory #montanagiftcorral #wildwest #oregontrail #bozemantrail
"#Archaeology  at Wahkpa Chu’gn reveals that native peoples used this site extensively for at least 2,000 years." - from #ExploreBig . [Image: Milk River at base of jump, no date] #TBT #PhotooftheDay #MontanaHistory #Montana #MontanaMoment
A look at how Billings celebrated Independence Day around the year 1900! 🎉🎆🤩#waybackwednesday #independenceday #billingspubliclibrary #billingslibrary #librariesofintstagram #mtlibraries #montanahistory #billings
The last supper. Into the Smith tomorrow. @snack_daniels #stockmansbar #whitesulphersprings #montana #meandtheboys
Take your Poodle to School... I always wanted to go to school in a one room country school. It's so remarkable the number of country schools Montana used to have. What an impressive and admirable endeavor! W/ @ajsorg #americanprariereserve #countryschool #pioneer #americanhistory #montanahistory #montana #backroadsofmontana #bigskycountry #uphillbothways #takeyourdogtoschoolday
At one time in Hobson, MT there was a booming flour mill that stood next to the train depot (our sister depot) and next to the elevators. Now all that stands are those iconic elevators. This week Hobson celebrates its 100th graduating year. The surrounding community has pulled together and are trying to save these Montana landmarks. Structurally they are sound but the exteriors have really taken a hit over the years. If you visit www.prideofthejudith.com you can make a donation to help save the Hobson elevators. Each donation over $25 comes with a gift, like these fun towels. Or you can visit Tall Boys and drink to help save them. Gally’s Brewing Company, located in Harlowton, has brewed a special beer just for the elevators, Pride of the Judith Ale!!! A dollar from every pint will go towards the project. #prideofthejudith #gallysbrewingco #savetheelevators #montanahistory
We just mailed the Summer Montana The Magazine of Western History to members and subscribers. If you aren’t signed up and would like to be, call (406) 444-2890 #MontanaHistory #MontanaMoment #ReatMontana #Montana #History
Sunset At Gary Owen I recently got to do some shooting at the Custer Battlefield. After raining all day we were rewarded with a nice sunset. #sunsets #custerbattlefield #teepee #landscape #montanamoment #montanahistory #nikonworld #kellymorrisphotography
@pidgeonseyeview To answer your question, "If you could pick one Fourth of July to spend with a previous generation, which one would you pick?" I would love to time travel to 4 July 1895 when my paternal great grandmother Mary Rumping was the Goddess of Liberty at the Marysville, Montana, 4th of July parade. She was just 17 years old and had just graduated from high school. She wrote on the photo back: "I have my graduation dress on." Can't you just hear the patriotic music now? The horns, the drums. I love the four boys in the right foreground. All dressed up for the big day! And just out of view is a man holding up the power lines so the "car of State" could pass safely through. It must have been a grand day!! (Swipe left to see a closeup.) #timetravel #montanahistory #ancestors #familystories #familyhistory #goddessofliberty #4thofjuly #genealogyphotoaday #flag #parade #genealogy #speaktheirnames #telltheirstories @genealogygirltalks
Staying at the Elling House Inn is a chance to experience elegance of the past. This photo is of the Elling House and Elling family in the late 1890’s. The photo was published in the Madisonian Newspaper in 1901. Later in 1902 Mrs. Elling added into the house, doubling it’s size. #TheEllingHouse #BedAndBreakfast #TheEllingHouseInn #virginiacity #virginiacitymontana #montana #MontanaHistory #AlderGulch #1876 #1902 #StayAtTheEllings
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