Another "hidden treasure" in Livingston is the Yellowstone Gateway Museum. It is located in the old Northside School which was built in 1906 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. As you might guess from the name it has a number of displays and artifacts relating to Yellowstone National Park including some old pre-1900 chromolithographs by W.H. Jackson. The displays are not even close to being limited to Yellowstone, however. There are also displays and information on: The precise route taken by CPT William Clark when he passed this area on 15 July 1806 along with biographies of him and his 12 companions; information on famous (and not so famous) people from the Wild West like Calamity Jane; a 3.5 billion year geological history of the area complete with fossils, minerals, and the history of local mining; pioneers in the area and their way of life; the North Pacific Railroad; and military in the area. Hours are: 10 AM to 5 PM daily from 17 May to 8 September; and 10 AM to 5 PM Tuesday through Saturday 9 September to 26 September. You can call for an off-season appointment. Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors 65 and over, and $2.50 for children ages 6 to 12. Children under 6 are free. AAA and group discounts are offered. Admission is good for 2 days.
The Livingston Depot Center was built in 1902 using the Italianate style of architecture. It was designed by the same guys that designed Grand Central Station in New York. It was originally used as the North Pacific Railroad's northern access to Yellowstone National Park. It continued to serve as a passenger depot until 1979. After a 2 year, $800,000 restoration it reopened as a museum. Today it is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day, providing historic exhibits about the area and its history and cultural programs for the benefit of Park County residents and visitors from around the world. In the winter months, the Depot serves as a community cultural center, hosting such diverse events as concerts, banquets, holiday programs, and wedding receptions. Hours are 9 AM to 5 PM Monday through Saturday and 1PM to 5 PM on Sunday from June through September.
This magnificent railway station is now a museum. The historic Livingston Depot was built in 1902 as the Northern Pacific Railroad's original access to Yellowstone National Park. It was in use until 1979, when AMTRAK suspended passenger service to southern Montana
The same architect designed Grand Central Station in New York. Not something you would expect to see in the middle of Montana!
Open from Memorial Day to Labor Day
Summer time, float the river..A guided tour or rent your own raft..This is a favorite for the locals..All summer you can witness a few types of floaters..The local fly fishing guide, the local thirty-somethings floating and drinking, and families as well.
Livingston is the Northern Gateway to Yellowstone National Park. I am working on an extensive page on the park. It was the first national park, established in 1872 and is a must see!
One of the really nice things I noticed in Livingston was how they posted pictures of local members of the military on the trees in Sacajawea Park with yellow ribbons tied around them.
There was a park in the main downtown area dedicated to Sacajawea the Indian guide for the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Sacajawea Park is a nice place to have a picnic or just relax and enjoy nature.
Captain Clark of the Lewis and Clark Expedition came through the Livingston area on 15 July 1806 on the return route from his 1804-1806 expedition to find an overland route to the Pacific.
Livingston has a nice historic district with several buildings of historic and architectural interest. Many of the town's streets are lined with trees and look quite pretty when the fall colors come.
The art galleries and restaurants are a full day's activities. You can start in the late morning, and still have time to fish the Yellowstone River in the late afternoon until dark.