Unique Places in Montana

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    Wild Horse Island

    by emw.weaver Written Dec 18, 2011

    In the middle of Flathead Lake in Polson, Montana is Wild Horse Island. It is exactly what it sounds like, an island populated with wild horses. It also boasts of big horn sheep, deer, and the occasional bear that swims over. The first time I went there were 5 horses and the second time I went we were lucky enough to be the first people to ever see the new foal born on the island. The first ever to be born on the island and a strange tan and white combo that confused us since all the other horses were black or dark brown. The island is great for hiking. We kayaked over from the mainland. There are also some geocache spots on the island. The horses will let you feed them as well.

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    pull off at the small villages

    by hindu1936 Written Mar 21, 2009

    While I can't remember where this is, I can tell you that it is 7 hours east of Spokane on 90, and just a hundred or so meters of the expressway. The small town has a great motel, good restaurant, and the gas station opens at 5:00 a.m. We didn't check the maps or GPS so stopped there at about 5:00 p.m. and got up early and two hours later, were in Yellowstone.

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    cross country ski

    by EllenH Updated Jan 20, 2007

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    Of course it would have to be sometime between the middle of November and the middle of March, but if you find yourself in Montana during the winter one of the best free entertainment that we have is miles of groomed cross country ski trails. Our favorite is Chief Joseph pass, about 1 hour south of Hamilton and directly across the street from the downhill ski area, Lost Trail powder mountain. We have a few stores in town that rent equipment out for the day.

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    Ghost towns

    by EllenH Written Jan 8, 2005

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    Montana has many ghost towns but if you are in the area of crystal park and Elkhorn hot springs, another fun thing to do is visit the town of Coolidge (named after Calvin).
    On one side of the stream is the giant Elkorn silver mine, still standing but unaccessable, probably because it would be very dangerous to wander around in or near it. It supposedly cost $1,000,000 to build even then. On the side of the stream you walk into town (about a mile from the parking area) stands what is left of a turn of the century town which had a population of around 500. Here you are free to wander through old houses and stores at your own risk. As some are laying in piles on the ground its easy to see why you need to be cautious.
    Only open to cars in the summer but snowmobiles are allowed in winter months.

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    Free crystals

    by EllenH Written Jan 8, 2005

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    The forest service has the perfect place for rockhounds. Crystal park is in the middle of the Pioneer mountains, in my opinion one of the prettiest spots in Montana. It is a huge park where you can dig for quartz crystals, 6 sides with points on both ends. It is between Wise River and Polaris on the Pioneer Mountains national scenic byway which is prettiest driven from south to north. It is only open during the summer as it is at 8,000 feet elevation.

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    Skalkaho Falls

    by EllenH Written Jan 8, 2005

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    There is a mountain pass between Hamilton, where I live, and Phillipsburg Montana. It looks like a considerable shortcut on the map compared to the highway but in actuallity, it takes as long as the highway because it is a mountain road with switchbacks and only partly paved. It is only open from the middle of June until around the beginning of October. The gate is 17 miles from the highway and the falls are 6 miles past the gate so this is only open in summer. (unless you are a snowmobiler, its a great destination for that.)

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    A great bike path

    by EllenH Written Jan 5, 2005

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    In western Montana, right off the Main highway through Montana, 90, 5 miles from the Idaho line you will find the Taft exit 5 and the Route of the Hiawatha. It is an abandoned rail bed that has been restored into a very scenic bike path. One way it is 17 miles of a slight downhill grade with a shuttle at the end to take you back or you are welcome to go the full 30 mile roundtrip. (I don't think you have to do the longest tunnel twice) There are 9 tunnels, one of which is 2 miles long and sooo dark. Helmets and a good light are required and there is a fee. There are also 7 high trestles but they are not scary at all with very good railings on the side and extra wide.

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    Victorian Homes #5

    by Yaqui Written Jul 22, 2004

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    Billings Montana got its named after the famed railroad tycoon President of the Northern Pacific Railroad from May 1979 to June 1881. His statue stands in front of The Western Heritage Center. Minnesota and Montana Land and Improvement Company in 1882 laid out the town-site. A month later, 5,000 lots had been sold for cash. By years end there were 155 commercial buildings, 99 homes, 6 railroad buildings and 25 tents where only three buildings had stood before. The town's sudden appearance gave it the "Magic City" nick name. To explore check in with the Billings Area Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center at 815 South 27th Street because they would be more than happy to assist you.

    When your in and around Moss Mansion, just take a walk through the neighborhoods and enjoy some of the many wonderfully maintained Victorian Homes.

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    Victorian Homes #4

    by Yaqui Written Jul 22, 2004

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    Billings Montana got its named after the famed railroad tycoon President of the Northern Pacific Railroad from May 1979 to June 1881. His statue stands in front of The Western Heritage Center. Minnesota and Montana Land and Improvement Company in 1882 laid out the town-site. A month later, 5,000 lots had been sold for cash. By years end there were 155 commercial buildings, 99 homes, 6 railroad buildings and 25 tents where only three buildings had stood before. The town's sudden appearance gave it the "Magic City" nick name. To explore check in with the Billings Area Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center at 815 South 27th Street because they would be more than happy to assist you.

    When your in and around Moss Mansion, just take a walk through the neighborhoods and enjoy some of the many wonderfully maintained Victorian Homes.

    Historical Home Walk

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    Victorian Homes #3

    by Yaqui Written Jul 22, 2004

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    Billings Montana got its named after the famed railroad tycoon President of the Northern Pacific Railroad from May 1979 to June 1881. His statue stands in front of The Western Heritage Center. Minnesota and Montana Land and Improvement Company in 1882 laid out the town-site. A month later, 5,000 lots had been sold for cash. By years end there were 155 commercial buildings, 99 homes, 6 railroad buildings and 25 tents where only three buildings had stood before. The town's sudden appearance gave it the "Magic City" nick name. To explore check in with the Billings Area Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center at 815 South 27th Street because they would be more than happy to assist you.

    When your in and around Moss Mansion, just take a walk through the neighborhoods and enjoy some of the many wonderfully maintained Victorian Homes.

    Historical Home Walk

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    Victorian Homes #2

    by Yaqui Written Jul 22, 2004

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    Billings Montana got its named after the famed railroad tycoon President of the Northern Pacific Railroad from May 1979 to June 1881. His statue stands in front of The Western Heritage Center. Minnesota and Montana Land and Improvement Company in 1882 laid out the town-site. A month later, 5,000 lots had been sold for cash. By years end there were 155 commercial buildings, 99 homes, 6 railroad buildings and 25 tents where only three buildings had stood before. The town's sudden appearance gave it the "Magic City" nick name. To explore check in with the Billings Area Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center at 815 South 27th Street because they would be more than happy to assist you.

    When your in and around Moss Mansion, just take a walk through the neighborhoods and enjoy some of the many wonderfully maintained Victorian Homes.

    Historical Home Walk

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    Victorian Homes #1

    by Yaqui Updated Jul 22, 2004

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    Billings Montana got its named after the famed railroad tycoon President of the Northern Pacific Railroad from May 1979 to June 1881. His statue stands in front of The Western Heritage Center. Minnesota and Montana Land and Improvement Company in 1882 laid out the town-site. A month later, 5,000 lots had been sold for cash. By years end there were 155 commercial buildings, 99 homes, 6 railroad buildings and 25 tents where only three buildings had stood before. The town's sudden appearance gave it the "Magic City" nick name. To explore check in with the Billings Area Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center at 815 South 27th Street because they would be more than happy to assist you.

    When your in and around Moss Mansion, just take a walk through the neighborhoods and enjoy some of the many wonderfully maintained Victorian Homes.

    Historical Home Walk

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    Moss Mansion

    by Yaqui Updated Jul 10, 2004

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    Built in 1903 as a sandstone stucture by Preston Boyd Moss for his family. Mr. Moss was very prominent in banking and was founder of many companies as the first dial telephone company in the area, newspaper the Billings Gazette, and started a central heating plant - Billings Utility Company. Mr. & Mrs. Moss had six children and were pillars of this community.

    Once you start your tour you get to see original draperies, fixtures, furniture, Persian carpets and artifacts displayed,. I'm a history buff and this is one of my sisters' favorite place to visit. That's my big sis in the picture. It was also used in the TV motion picture, "Son Of The Morning Star".

    Admission:
    $7 for Adults.
    $5 for Seniors 62 and older. $5 for Students with ID card
    $3 for Children ages 6-12.
    $5 Adult Group Tours available for 20 or more. Reservations requested.
    Special Class Rates for school children available.
    Wheel chair accessible

    Exit 450 from I-90 to 3rd Avenue North, a one-way street leading directly to the Moss Mansion

    Address:
    914 Division Street, Billings
    Montana 59101

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    lewis and clark caverns

    by EllenH Written Jun 30, 2004

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    this is a state park campground we stayed at between butte and hamilton. decided to go see what the caverns were all about even though we didnt really feel like paying for a 2 hour guided tour. well needless to say we were really happy we went for it and no i would not want to go in there without a guide. was well worth the money.

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    Drive the Going To the Sun Road

    by KazigluBey Written Dec 20, 2003

    Driving the historic Going to the Sun Road is off the beaten path for sure, it's in the middle of a large national park.

    Sure there are alot of people that take this beautiful drive, however the park is large and the road long, so there is no problem finding a peaceful place you can have to yourselves.

    If you like there are tour buses that run up and down the road.

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