Havre, MT Has A New Baby

Yes, you read that title correctly! The new baby in Havre is actually a cast of a very old baby and can be viewed at the H. Earl Clack Museum located on US Hwy 2 in Havre’s Holiday Village Mall. The infant Maiasaura cast is one of several dinosaur displays at the Clack Museum which is on Montana’s Dinosaur Trail. Visitors to the Clack will also see 75 million year old dinosaur eggs and embryos. … Read more

Fort Benton’s Charm Trail

I was definitely charmed! A couple of weeks ago I was in Fort Benton”, MT and had a fun time exploring their Charm Trail. It was developed to encourage visitors to the community to check out businesses all around town. The Charm Trail began mostly with businesses on Front Street which runs along the pedestrian friendly levee, and has expanded to cover the town. There are Charm Trail Maps listing the 66 participating businesses and … Read more

A Castle – Are You Kidding?

You don’t always associate a castle with Montana but White Sulphur Springs boasts one standing proudly and overlooking the town. The Castle Museum was a treat to see – beginning with a recently constructed carriage house and gift shop. Docents lead you through the Castle and give the history of this stone sentry. You can also soak in the hot springs in town. The Spa Hot Springs Motel surrounds one large pool and two smaller … Read more

Its Happening in Harlo

Ya gotta get the lingo right and talk like the locals…Harlo is short for Harlowton”, Montana and that’s our next stop. When you drive in to Harlo, you can’t miss the electric train engine known as the E57B. It made its last voyage in June 1974 when the Milwaukee Road ended their 656 mile electrified route. The Upper Musselshell Museum has two locations on Main Street and we visited both. One houses the Avaceratops Lammersi … Read more

Checking Out Lewistown

Our day in Lewistown”, Montana started with an early lunch, interrupted only with a quick break to step outside and view a parade down Main Street. Lewistown is known as the City of Stone because of all the Croatian stone masons who settled here. Everywhere you look, both residential and commercial, you will see amazing architecture. The Central Montana Museum, located adjacent to the Lewistown Chamber of Commerce, gave us some tidbits about the area’s … Read more

Charlie Russell Chew Choo

It’s time to try something different – riding the Charlie Russell Chew Choo dinner train. Five of us board the train about 8 miles out of Lewistown, MT. It’s a mixed crowd with some folks celebrating anniversaries, a few locals showing off Lewistown’s tourism attractions to visitors, travelers coming to the area specifically to ride the dinner train, and then we are joined by a busload of happy Canadians! What a fun bunch they are. … Read more

James Kipp Recreation Area

My first thought today is about the incredible diversity of geography in northcentral Montana. Our past few travels have either crossed the Missouri River or been on the Missouri River. If you launch a raft on the Missouri between Great Falls and Helena, the water is vastly different from what we saw today at James Kipp Recreation Area. As we have driven on highways close to the river we have been heading downstream. The river … Read more

Chinook’s Bear Paw Battlefield

From Havre, we traveled east on US Highway 2 about 20 minutes to Chinook, MT. To get a good overview of the area’s history we visited the Blaine County Museum on Main Street. You’ll find dinosaur info here since this is one of the locations on Montana’s Dinosaur Trail, but there is much more. My favorite here is an amazing video titled Forty Miles From Freedom about the battle that occurred 16 miles south of … Read more

A Variety of Tourist Activities

We stayed overnight at Virgelle, MT in original homestead cabins, complete with kerosene lantern and a copy of the original property deed. What unique lodging! The Virgelle Merc was busy this morning with several groups getting ready to launch canoes at Coal Banks Landing just one mile downstream. We didn’t get a chance to canoe, but we did ride the free river ferry and my travel buddies loved it! The Upper Missouri has three river … Read more

Road Trip Travels North

We left Great Falls this morning and drove first to Benton Lake National Wildlife Refuge. Past blogs will give you a glimpse into my birdwatching skills and I wanted to show this gem off to my friends. After a stop at Benton Lake’s new visitor center we took one of the auto tour routes. We saw a lot of birds, I couldn’t name hardly any of them. Our visit was still a treat but…I should … Read more