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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.
Part 1 of 3 Yesterday I finally got down to the Monida area for some pet wood. Since @zeoxeo was with me, I decided to explore a new area and a different road. Ended up finding an opalized wood deposit, an awesome agate deposit, and a few more deteoriated petrified trees. There were a lot of road hunters about giving us weird looks though. Downside was the rattlesnakes are still out. :( . #ardelion #montanarockhounding #montanageology #montanahistory #geologicalhistory #tertiarydeposits #dillonvolcanics #basaltagates #newfinds #watchyourfeet #gotwood #montanaagates #montanabots #montanageodes #montanapetrifiedwood #petrifiedwood
Went back to look for more geodes on Friday afternoon. We didn't find anything, but we did grab some more of the bloodstone that occurs in the area. A huge big thank you to the landowners whom have kindly allowed us to collect and search around their pastures. :) #ardelion #montanarockhounding #montanageology #montanahistory #bloodstone #agates #alwaysaskforpermission #oldthesesfinds
Feeling claustrophobic 100 feet underground. Butte has a fascinating history. #mining #montanahistory
I just uploaded a video on my #youtube channel that goes over the discovery of a small child buried ceremoniously roughly 12,000 years ago near Wilsall, Montana. Many Clovis artifacts were found nearby. I go over the research and obvious questions about this child, the location and time period. One of the earliest burials in North America. #clovis #iceage #youngerdryas #artifacts #arrowheads #spearpoint #montanahistory #montana #ancientamerica #burial #firstamericans #burialgrounds
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
Interesting read from Dempsey's "the Vengeful Wife and Other Blackfoot Stories" #nativehistory #blackfeetcountry #blackfeetnation #piikani #piikuni #montanahistory #albertahistory
In 1954, President Dwight Eisenhower was the first standing president to come to Missoula Montana. That was 64 years ago, Bretz R.V. & Marine’s founder Frank Bretz was at this momentous occasion. Today, President Trump is here in Missoula. Frank and his grandson Brandon are getting ready to see history in the making. . . #MontanaHistory #FamilyOwned #ForTheHistoryBooks #FamilyMemories #BretzRVandMarine #MontanaStrong
Interior of the Milltown Dam powerhouse, looking to the northwest. The powerhouse was demolished in 2008. 📷: Paul Anderson, May 1988. . . . . . #throwbackthursday #tbt #mtstateparks #bigskycountry #lastbestplace #Montana #hydroelectric #montanahistory #historygram
In honor of spooky season, here are some scary (yet, aesthetically pleasing) photos from the Old Montana Prison. 💀 These two rooms, the Infirmary and the Theater by far gave off the worst vibes. If you believe in ghosts, the old prison is a must-see. Even if you don’t believe in ghosts, there’s a lot of history there. 💀 For those of you that like to be scared, they also have haunted tours this time of year! Also, they have this amazing car museum attached which is worth the trip on its own. . . . #oldmontanaprison #montana #history #montanahistory #406 #mt #spooky #spookyseason #spookyszn #halloween #halloweenmonth #hauntedprison #haunted #ghost #ghostadventures #ghoststories #murder #noose #gallows #hauntedtheater #hauntedhospital #energy #orbs #badvibes #halloween2018 #iphonephotography #photographynewbie #aesthetic
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.
How did this Billings pioneer's idea change the skyline of New York City? Find out in this week's Tales From the Archives at https://billingslibrary.org/MTroom #MontanaMonday  #billingspubliclibrary #billingslibrary #librariesofintstagram #mtlibraries #montanahistory
Settled in the late 1800’s, the community of Springhill became its own center of commerce and activity based on the plentiful resources surrounding the area. Photo circa 1890, taken from Springhill Ross Creek Ranch property just north of Bozeman.⠀ #purewest #purewestranches #realestate #montana #bozeman #ranches #montanarealestate #oldwest #luxuryranches #montanahistory #christies
Today's #tbthursday takes us way back to 1895! Both photos were taken around 27th St. N. & 2nd Ave. #billingslibrary #billingspubliclibrary #librariesofintstagram #mtlibraries #montanahistory #billingsmt
Who are you Remembering today? Today, October 9th, we wish a #happybirthday to #luciadarlingpark the #first #schoolteacher in #montana !! #montanahistory #educationhistory #teacher #oneroomschoolhouse #ohio
The original Mess Hall in Colstrip, MT. The Mess Hall served the miners, ranchers, and boarders in the barracks next door. It currently houses the childcare center, but one day, it would be really cool to see it returned to its original purpose. #colstrip #thetwenties #servingthecommunity #miningtowns #montanahistory #easternmontana #406 #montanacatering
Regrann from @lovemyyanks - Throwback Thursday📍Helena Montana. Now freshly painted this house was purchased by Conrad Kohrs in 1900, after he and his wife moved to Helena from their ranch at Deer Lodge. Kohrs had come to Montana in 1862, prospecting and following the rumors of gold strikes in the Territory. He was employed as a butcher in Bannack, then in Alder Gulch opened his own meat shop. Before long he was buying cattle throughout the state in order to fill the demand for meat. In 1866, he purchased the John F. Grant farm near Deer Lodge and stocked it with breeding cattle. Within a few years, Conrad kohrs was the largest cattle owner in Montana and the northwest. The development of the cattle industry in Montana owes much to Kohrs. He introduced shorthorns to the Territory in 1871, and Herefords in 1880. He was also active in the Montana Stock growers Association throughout his career. This was Kohrs' home until his death there in 1920. . . #tbt #throwbackthursday #montanahistory #conradkohrs #helena #helenamontana #montana #montanagram #montanalife #davevetures #igmontana #curbappeal #housestalker #architecture #oldhouselove #oldhousestyle #oldhouselover #historicpreservation #ipulledoverforthis #thisplacematters #oldhouselove #houses_phototrip #houses_ofthe_world #oldhouseenthusiast #montanalove #montanaliving #theamericanhome #regrann
We celebrated our 117th anniversary this week! Here is a look at the newspaper article that the Billings Gazette published on October 2nd 1901, the day after the library was officially dedicated to the city. #tbthursday #billingslibrary #billingspubliclibrary #librariesofintstagram #mtlibraries #montanahistory #billingsmt #montana
A portrait of Salish leader Sam Resurrection. Well known for his letters to Congress, Sam lobbied for recognition of the full scope of treaty rights for the Salish people. He spent time in the Milltown area catching fish with a bow and arrow & hunting elk and deer up the Blackfoot River. 📷: R. H. McKay, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, UM . . . . . #montanahistory #historygram #westernmontana #missoulamontana #native #salish #nativeamerican #nativepride #nativehistory
Today marks the 50th anniversary of the Wild And Scenic Rivers Act. The golden year of river conservation is one to celebrate. “Montana has approximately 169,829 miles of river, of which 388 miles are designated as wild & scenic—approximately 2/10ths of 1% of the state's river miles.” Of those 388 miles of river designated in Montana, the Missouri River Designation is 149 miles. #wildandscenicriver #thegoldenyear #conservationeducation #montanastrong #montanahistory #missouririverbreaks #uppermissouririverbreaks #nationalmonuments #monumentsforall @entropy_images
We highly suggest visiting the Mehmke Steam Tractor Museum east of Great Falls! The museum boasts around 50 pieces of Montana’s past including around 20 steam tractors and 12 gas tractors. * * * #mehmkesteamenginemuseum #greatfallsmt #antiquefarmequipment #montanamoment #bigskystate #blastfromthepast #montanahistory #montana
It's #MontanaMonday ! Which famous author created a character based on Dr. Louis Allard, and why did the Pope make him a knight? Find out more: https://billingslibrary.org/MTRoom Billings Gazette St. Vincent Healthcare - Billings, Montana #billingspubliclibrary #billingslibrary #librariesofintstagram #mtlibraries #montanahistory #montana
A view of the old overflow gate in 2007. 📷: Kristi Hager . . . . . #DamMondays #milltownstatepark #westernmontana #missoulamontana #missoula #superfund #historygram #montanagram #montanahistory
About Bannack's neighbor, Dillon #dillon #montana #montanahistory #architecture
I have a thing for old schools. I imagine there are still old books or supplies in the classrooms and that I could get a glimpse of the past by going inside. Often these have been sold to private parties and lived in. This beauty was on the hill in Butte Montana. It was inhabited. Obviously they are not renovating soon...but it would be amazing if they did! #antiquemeup #schooldays #salvagebeauty #montanahistory #buttemontana #montana #shermanschool #familyvacation #roadtripinstyle #roadtripfinds #idahotreasurehunt #junkinismylife #itsallinthehunt #familyentertainment #industrial
I knew as soon as I saw it that I had found a beauty. The face isn’t as smooth as one would hope, but definitely a great find. #arrowheads #artifacts #surfacehunting #montanahistory
Still pretty dang proud of myself to figure out a way to get paid to learn about beer history. What started as a pipe dream three years ago evolved into a full blown grant funded project (check out the link in my bio) and now an entire museum exhibit about the history of the brewing industry in the state. Got to spend the day meeting with state brewers to discuss the project and their potential involvement. After the exhibit opens, I plan on continuing my project in a second and hopefully bigger round. I guess what I’m trying to say is this: if you truly want something, you CAN make it a reality. It may take some brainstorming, a little outside of the box thinking, and perhaps a few sacrifices, but in the end it will be worth it! #girlswholovebeer #beer #mtbeers #dowhatmakesyouhappy #dowhatyoulovelovewhatyoudo #montanabeer #montanahistory #homestatepride #406 #beerhistory #holdmybeerandwatchthis #montanabeerhistory #breweries #montanabreweries #drinklocalbeer #breweryhistory
Throwback Thursday📍Helena Montana. Now freshly painted this house was purchased by Conrad Kohrs in 1900, after he and his wife moved to Helena from their ranch at Deer Lodge. Kohrs had come to Montana in 1862, prospecting and following the rumors of gold strikes in the Territory. He was employed as a butcher in Bannack, then in Alder Gulch opened his own meat shop. Before long he was buying cattle throughout the state in order to fill the demand for meat. In 1866, he purchased the John F. Grant farm near Deer Lodge and stocked it with breeding cattle. Within a few years, Conrad kohrs was the largest cattle owner in Montana and the northwest. The development of the cattle industry in Montana owes much to Kohrs. He introduced shorthorns to the Territory in 1871, and Herefords in 1880. He was also active in the Montana Stock growers Association throughout his career. This was Kohrs' home until his death there in 1920. #tbt #throwbackthursday #montanahistory #conradkohrs #helena #helenamontana #montana #montanagram #montanalife #davevetures #igmontana #curbappeal #housestalker #architecture #oldhouselove #oldhousestyle #oldhouselover #historicpreservation #ipulledoverforthis #thisplacematters #oldhouselove #houses_phototrip #houses_ofthe_world #oldhouseenthusiast #montanalove #montanaliving
Our #tbthursday comes from our archives and an author who has made it onto the banned books list a few times! A vinyl record of Ernest Hemingway reading his Nobel Prize acceptance speech and other selections including “Saturday Night at the Whorehouse in Billings, Montana.” Hemingway’s banned titles include: The Sun Also Rises A Farewell to Arms For Whom the Bell Tolls #billingslibrary #billingspubliclibrary #librariesofintstagram #mtlibraries #montanahistory #hemmingway
1895 Queen Anne Mansion originally owned by Attorney Thomas J. Walsh, who established a fine reputation handling cases for injured workers. He also defended Harry Anderson, the young arsonist who destroyed the first Montana Club in 1903, negotiating his sentence to the boys’ correctional facility at Miles City instead of the penitentiary. Elected U.S. senator in 1912, Walsh gained national attention when he exposed the Teapot Dome scandal in 1924. Franklin Roosevelt appointed Walsh attorney general in 1932, but Walsh died on the train en route to Washington, D.C., in 1933. Some, including family members, have speculated that his death was suspicious. #1895 #queenanne #queenannvictorian #montanahistory #turrettuesday #turret #mansion #helena #helenamontana #montana #igmontana #housestalker #oldhousestyle #oldhouselover #historicpreservation #ipulledoverforthis #thisplacematters #oldhouselove #oldhouseenthusiast #theamericanhome #montanagram #montanalove #bigsky #montanaliving #montanamoment #oldhomesofmontana
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
Look up the center corner offices and what do you observe? The Power Block Building, aka The Power Building, shares a side with the pedestrian mall in downtown Helena. This six story (and one floor below ground level) commercial building was was built by Thomas Power in 1888. Oh, and the unique feature - each of the aforementioned corner offices has exactly the corresponding number of windows as the floor it is on. • • • • #thepowerbuilding #thepowerblockbuilding #helenahistory #helena #helenamontana #montanahistory #montana #discovermontana #bigfootdad #bigfootdadexploresmt #exploremontana #bigskystate #bigskycountry #adventure   #explore #discover #expedition #outdoors
It's #MontanaMonday  - Learn about Dr. Sadie Lindeberg and her 1000s of babies. There are a few twists in her story! Find out more at https://billingslibrary.org/MTRoom.  #billingspubliclibrary #billingslibrary #librariesofintstagram #mtlibraries #montanahistory #montana
Construction of the Milltown Dam ~1909. Would you like to keep seeing historic photos of the park? Let us know in the comments! . . . . . #DamMondays #history #montanahistory #historygram #milltownstatepark #westernmontana #missoulamt #mininghistory #industry #hydroelectric
Dillon, Beaverhad County, Montana . Bird’s Eye View, showing train cars of Southern Pacific, Oregon Short Line, Oregon Railroad, and others. . Published by The Post Card Shop, Butte, MT Circa 1906 Tri-Fold Postcard . Check my profile to see the rest of this view! 👀 . #vintagepostcard #oldpostcard #dillonmt #montana #montanahistory #panorama #panoramic #picoftheday #beaverheadcounty #unionpacific #southernpacific #southernpacificrailroad #oregonshortline #oregonrailroad #railroadhistory #railfan #postcard
Dillon, Beaverhad County, Montana . Bird’s Eye View, showing train cars of Southern Pacific, Oregon Short Line, Oregon Railroad, and others. . Published by The Post Card Shop, Butte, MT Circa 1906 Tri-Fold Postcard . Check my profile to see the rest of this view! 👀 . #vintagepostcard #oldpostcard #dillonmt #montana #montanahistory #panorama #panoramic #picoftheday #beaverheadcounty #unionpacific #southernpacific #southernpacificrailroad #oregonshortline #oregonrailroad #railroadhistory #railfan #postcard
Dillon, Beaverhad County, Montana . Bird’s Eye View, showing train cars of Southern Pacific, Oregon Short Line, Oregon Railroad, and others. . Published by The Post Card Shop, Butte, MT Circa 1906 Tri-Fold Postcard . Check my profile to see the rest of this view! 👀 . #vintagepostcard #oldpostcard #dillonmt #montana #montanahistory #panorama #panoramic #picoftheday #beaverheadcounty #unionpacific #southernpacific #southernpacificrailroad #oregonshortline #oregonrailroad #railroadhistory #railfan #postcard
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
Drove up the rough road known as Fred Burr Pass outside of Georgetown Lake today. Got some cool pictures and saw some neat scenery. Sadly, found out the "abandoned" ghost town I saw with Google Earth is all private land and current mining projects. So I couldn't explore for mineral specimens. :( We did find some random garnets in matrix while walking a bad spot of the road. The good news is the area was public land, but the bad news is we couldn't find where they originated. Definitely a high ground clearance or atv road only. #ardelion #montanarockhounding #montanageology #montanamining #montanahistory #flintcreekrange #skarndeposits #mininghistory #redlionminingdistrict #fallcolors #montanamountainroads #montanascenery #roughmountainroads #respectprivateland #explorationgeology #mudcracks #tracefossils #limestoneunits #flintcreekpluton
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
This may not be the oldest homestead around, but I have always loved the Star Ranch! Can you believe there used to be wheat fields way up in them there hills? #ranchlyfe #montanahistory #montanaag #oldhandpump #oldbuilding
Everyone who has come to visit Loncey and I Knows how much we love the old mining town of Bannack. We walked through on Sunday while the town was alive with reenactors set up like it was 1890 again. #montanahistory #historybuff #preservingthewest #myfavoriteplaces
“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
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