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Red Lodge in Carbon County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
 

Red Lodge

 
 
Red Lodge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, July 26, 2011
1. Red Lodge Marker
Inscription. Coal was discovered in the Rock Creek Valley nearly two decades before Red Lodge was established as a mail stop on the Meeteese Trail in 1884. In 1887, the Rocky Fork Coal Company opened the first large-scale mine at Red Lodge sparking the community’s first building boom, consisting mostly of “hastily constructed shacks and log huts.” The completion of the Northern Pacific Railway branch line to Red Lodge in 1890 resulted in the construction of many brick and sandstone buildings that now line the city’s main street.

Like all mining camps, Red Lodge had a large population of single men and an abundance of saloons. For many years, the notorious “Liver-eating” Johnston kept the peace as the town’s first constable. Red Lodge also boasted several churches and social clubs for those not inclined toward the city’s earthier entertainment.

Hundreds of people came to Red Lodge in the 1890s and early 1900s. Immigrants from all over Europe worked shoulder-to-shoulder in the coal mines, but settled in neighborhoods called Finn Town., little Italy, and Hi-bug. Their cultural traditions endured and are celebrated at the city’s annual festival of Nations.

Production in the coal mines declined after World War I, eventually leading to their closure by 1932. The completion of the scenic Beartooth
Red Lodge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, July 26, 2011
2. Red Lodge Marker
Highway in 1936 revitalized Red Lodge by linking it directly to Yellowstone National Park. Today, Red Lodge’s past is represented by its historic buildings and by the pride its citizens take in its history and traditions.
 
Erected by Montana Highway Department.
 
Location. 45° 10.637′ N, 109° 14.872′ W. Marker is in Red Lodge, Montana, in Carbon County. Marker is at the intersection of South Broadway Avenue (U.S. 212) and South Hauser Avenue, on the right when traveling east on South Broadway Avenue. Click for map. Located in Liver-Eating Johnston Park. Marker is in this post office area: Red Lodge MT 59068, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Beartooth Plateau (a few steps from this marker); The Red Lodge Country (a few steps from this marker); Neithammer Brothers Meat Market (approx. half a mile away); Red Lodge Commercial District (approx. 0.6 miles away); Plunkett's Hardware (approx. 0.6 miles away); Charles Antilla Building (approx. 0.6 miles away); Alcazar (Star) Theater (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Iris Theater (approx. 0.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Red Lodge.
 
Also see . . .  Red Lodge, Montana - Gateway to Yellowstone Park. (Submitted on July 30, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
Markers along Rock Creek in Liver-Eating Johnston Park image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, July 26, 2011
3. Markers along Rock Creek in Liver-Eating Johnston Park

 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 328 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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