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Historical Markers in Park County, Montana

 
Clickable Map of Park County, Montana and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil; HMdb.org; J.J.Prats/dc:title> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Usa_counties_large.svg Park County, MT (66) Carbon County, MT (73) Gallatin County, MT (129) Meagher County, MT (4) Stillwater County, MT (16) Sweet Grass County, MT (15) Park County, WY (192)  ParkCounty(66) Park County (66)  CarbonCounty(73) Carbon County (73)  GallatinCounty(129) Gallatin County (129)  MeagherCounty(4) Meagher County (4)  StillwaterCounty(16) Stillwater County (16)  SweetGrassCounty(15) Sweet Grass County (15)  ParkCountyWyoming(192) Park County (192)
Livingston is the county seat for Park County
Adjacent to Park County, Montana
      Carbon County (73)  
      Gallatin County (129)  
      Meagher County (4)  
      Stillwater County (16)  
      Sweet Grass County (15)  
      Park County, Wyoming (192)  
 
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1Montana (Park County), Cooke City — Cooke City General Store
As the mining town of Cooke City flourished into the 1880s, temporary structures gave way to more permanent establishments. In 1886, John A. Savage and partner John Elder opened a general mercantile whose long history reflects both the lean and . . . Map (db m130228) HM
2Montana (Park County), Cooke City — The New World Mining District
Prospectors discovered rich mineral deposits in the Beartooth Mountains near here in 1874. Christened the New World Mining District, the area included claims with colorful names like Miner’s Delight, Hidden Treasure, Southern Spy and Silver King. . . . Map (db m45240) HM
3Montana (Park County), Cooke City — The Summer of 1877
For three months the members of the Nez Perce non-treaty bands had been constantly on the move evading the military. Scouts ranged in front and guarded behind the traveling village of mostly children, women and old people, as they sought safety and . . . Map (db m130230) HM
4Montana (Park County), Corwin Springs — Along the Yellowstone RiverGallatin National Forest
A Blue Ribbon Flowing Through Paradise The Yellowstone is the longest free-flowing river in the lower 48 states. For the 103 miles downstream from Gardiner, the river is designated as a "Blue Ribbon" trout stream, the longest single . . . Map (db m40554) HM
5Montana (Park County), Emigrant — Absaroka - Beartooth Wilderness
The Absaroka - Beartooth Wilderness, which lies to the east, contains one of the largest single expanses of land above 10,000 feet in elevation in the United States. The U.S. Forest Service set aside portions of the region as primitive areas in . . . Map (db m123116) HM
6Montana (Park County), Emigrant — Emigrant Gulch
In August 1864,three emigrants, who came to Montana on the Bozeman Trail, arrived here and found men already hard at work mining the creek. The new arrivals decided to try their luck farther up the rugged gulch, finding pay dirt high up the side of . . . Map (db m46256) HM
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7Montana (Park County), Gardiner — A Wildlife Paradise
Northern Yellowstone sustains one of the largest and most diverse populations of free-roaming wildlife seen anywhere on earth. It is often called "America's Serengeti." About half of the approximately 30,000 elk that summer in the park . . . Map (db m40566) HM
8Montana (Park County), Gardiner — Roosevelt Arch
In 1903, most Yellowstone visitors arrived in Gardiner by train where they boarded stagecoaches for the journey into Wonderland. Gardiner had just built a beautiful train depot in the rustic architectural style, and both park administrators and . . . Map (db m123115) HM
9Montana (Park County), Gardiner — Roosevelt ArchHistoric Gateway - Symbol of an Idea
When Yellowstone was established in 1872 as the world's first national park, it was remote and nearly inaccessible. Few "tourists" had the time or the means to travel here from the major cities of the east and west coasts. However, by 1903 the North . . . Map (db m123135) HM
10Montana (Park County), Gardiner — Take a walk through history on the Yankee Jim Trail
Visit the interpretive trail across the river and take a pleasant walk on an improve trail or enjoy a picnic. A series of interpretive signs will take you on a journey through time to some fascinating eras of history.Past, present and future The . . . Map (db m46260) HM
11Montana (Park County), Gardiner — Wildlife Migrations
In summer, pronghorn might be the only large mammals you see in this valley. In winter the wildlife picture changes dramatically. Herds of elk and bison, mule deer, and bighorn sheep descend from the snowy high country to look for food. Gardner . . . Map (db m40579) HM
12Montana (Park County), Gardiner — Wildlife of the Northern Range
Elk - Sometimes called "wapiti" (the Shawnee word for "one with a white rump"), elk are often seen in large herds in open areas where they graze on grasses and forbs. Bull elk have antlers that they shed every year. Each spring as the elk age, . . . Map (db m40576) HM
13Montana (Park County), Gardiner — Yellowstone Cutthroat TroutThe Cutthroat's Worth Saving
Montana's state fish has a sinister name and a fragile future. Set apart from other trout by red slash marks on either side of the lower jaw, the Yellowstone cutthroat trout is far from murderous. Native only to the Yellowstone River drainage, this . . . Map (db m46257) HM
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14Montana (Park County), Gardiner — Yellowstone's Northern Range
What is different about the northern range soils? While most of Yellowstone is a high volcanic plateau composed of rhyolite, the northern portion of the park is more complex geologically. Here you find landslides, erodible shales and . . . Map (db m40572) HM
15Montana (Park County), Livingston — "...high rigid mountain..."Clark on the Yellowstone
Captain William Clark and his party road from the west, following a creek downstream (now called Billman Creek) to the Yellowstone River. Looking to the south, they could see that the Yellowstone River emerged from between the Absaroka Mountains on . . . Map (db m191227) HM
16Montana (Park County), Livingston — "At the Yellowstone"
This statue commemorates Sacajawea, whose loyalty, courage and, devotion were instrumental in the success of the Lewis and Clark expedition of 1803-1806. Holding her infant son Jean Baptiste Charbonneau (nicknamed "Pomp" by Capt. Wn. Clark), she . . . Map (db m191659) HM
17Montana (Park County), Livingston — "Wide bold, rapid and deep"Clark on the Yellowstone
In his journals, Captain William Clark described the Yellowstone River, which he translated for the French name, Roche Jaune, as "...120 yds. Wide bold, rapid and deep." Clark and his party followed the Yellowstone River for 19 days to . . . Map (db m191657) HM
18Montana (Park County), Livingston — 108 North Main StreetLivingston Commercial Historic District
By 1884, a barbershop and restaurant occupied a one-story frame building on this lot. Fire destroyed much of Main Street in 1886, but owner Frederick Wright quickly rebuilt, again of wood. Saloons, restaurants, and barbershops remained the primary . . . Map (db m191356) HM
19Montana (Park County), Livingston — 112 North Main StreetLivingston Commercial Historic District
Fire destroyed the first commercial building on this lot in 1886, but owner Walter Ayrault quickly invested $1,000 to replace it. In 1901, the Northern Pacific Railroad expanded its repair shops, ensuring Livingston’s growth; the next year, C. H. . . . Map (db m191352) HM
20Montana (Park County), Livingston — 116 North Main StreetLivingston Commercial Historic District
After fire destroyed most of this side of Main Street in 1886, Chicago lawyer and financier James A. Danforth invested in building this double-front, brick commercial building. The original façade featured tall plate-glass windows divided by central . . . Map (db m191347) HM
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21Montana (Park County), Livingston — 122 South Yellowstone StreetLivingston Westside Residential Historic District
Hand-cut local sandstone showcases the fine craftsmanship of master stonemason Martin Rolfson, who built this Colonial Revival style home in 1900. A hipped roof with front-facing gable and off-center frame porch create balanced asymmetry, while a . . . Map (db m191638) HM
22Montana (Park County), Livingston — 128 South Yellowstone StreetLivingston Westside Residential Historic District
This very early Westside home was the first on the block, built during the year Montana achieved statehood in 1889. Its anonymous builder, using locally manufactured brick, constructed the solid walls with three layers of masonry. The front porch . . . Map (db m191636) HM
23Montana (Park County), Livingston — 221 South YellowstoneLivingston Westside Residential Historic District
In 1891, only eight years after Livingston’s founding, Julia Rolfson and her husband John, a stone mason, lived in this substantial, brick, cross-gable home. The Italianate style inspired the one-and-one-half-story residence’s wide, overhanging . . . Map (db m191584) HM
24Montana (Park County), Livingston — 315 West Callender
W. H. Campbell, a physician, president of the Montana State Board of Medical Examiners, and two-term state senator from Park County, built this Queen Anne style home in 1890. The one-and-one-half-story residence has a central hipped roof with two . . . Map (db m191641) HM
25Montana (Park County), Livingston — 802 East Callender StreetLivingston Eastside Residential Historic District
As the Northern Pacific Railroad made its push across the upper tier of the western states in the early 1880s, Livingston grew to serve its passengers and crews. Convenient to the shops and yards, the Eastside especially was home to the many blue . . . Map (db m191727) HM
26Montana (Park County), Livingston — 810 East Callender StreetLivingston Eastside Residential Historic District
Blue collar railroad workers were the backbone of the Livingston community and many settled in this area opposite the Northern Pacific shops. Between 1900 and 1910, housing for workers began to fill this neighborhood to accommodate the railroad’s . . . Map (db m191741) HM
27Montana (Park County), Livingston — A Civil War Cannon:Liberty and Union, Now and Forever
The US War Department gave this 3-inch Ordnance Rifle, the most widely used cannon during the war,, to the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR), Farragut Post 7. GAR members voted to include the above slogan, and the dates of the Civil War, . . . Map (db m191726) HM
28Montana (Park County), Livingston — Captain Clark and the Corps of Discovery on the Yellowstone
(Three panels make up this marker:) Yellowstone River: Haven for Great Hers of Wildlife July 24, 1806 "Saw emenc number of Deer Elk and buffalow on the banks. Some beaver...for me to mention or give an . . . Map (db m191921) HM
29Montana (Park County), Livingston — Danforth BlockLivingston Commercial Historic District
A wood-frame cigar factory and shooting gallery stood here in 1884. After fire destroyed the buildings in 1886, owner J. A. Danforth quickly rebuilt in brick. Four years later, he added a second story, but the addition was so heavy it damaged the . . . Map (db m191386) HM
30Montana (Park County), Livingston — Donnelly-Van Brocklin BlockLivingston Commercial Historic District
St. Paul, Minnesota, architect E. P. Bassford designed three buildings side by side in 1884: The First National Bank Building on the corner, then two identical business blocks. The twin commercial buildings were constructed for members of the bank’s . . . Map (db m191276) HM
31Montana (Park County), Livingston — First Lewis and Clark Trail Marker
"Trail of Lewis & Clark. This point was passed July 17, 1806. Marked Yellowstone Park Chapter D.A.R. October 23, 1908"Map (db m148210)
32Montana (Park County), Livingston — First National Bank / Masonic TempleLivingston Commercial Historic District
The solid massing of this building follows a long Masonic tradition of erecting lodges whose size and bulk symbolize the permanency and stability of Masonry itself. Seemingly a colossal white stucco box, the building is actually comprised of three . . . Map (db m191275) HM
33Montana (Park County), Livingston — Fort ParkerCultural Crossroads, Vanquished Dreams
The area in front of you once served as south-central Montana's cultural crossroads. Especially between 1868 and 1875, this was a place where settlers and Indians traded goods and services, where the U.S. government sought (and failed) to convert . . . Map (db m193330) HM
34Montana (Park County), Livingston — Frank BlockLivingston Commercial Historic District
A Jewish immigrant from Poland, tailor Henry Frank first arrived in Montana in 1867. He and his wife Barbara followed the Northern Pacific Railroad to Livingston, where they built the city’s first brick business block in 1883 on East Park. In 1890, . . . Map (db m191350) HM
35Montana (Park County), Livingston — Goughnour Lumber OfficeLivingston Commercial Historic District
Emanuel Goughnour arrived in Livingston in late 1882 and formed a general lumber business. He also operated a saw mill on Willow Creek and a steam planing mill at the foot of Second Street. Between 1885 and 1891 he assembled six lots on Second . . . Map (db m191660) HM
36Montana (Park County), Livingston — Grabow HotelLivingston Commercial Historic District
German immigrant William Grabow settled in the Livingston area in the early 1880s. There he established a flour mill and helped introduce the manufacture of brick. Between 1908 and 1911, William built this prominent corner building, where he and his . . . Map (db m191392) HM
37Montana (Park County), Livingston — Harvat BlockLivingston Commercial Historic District
An 1886 fire destroyed the one-story tin shop and hardware warehouse that originally occupied this lot. Two year later, meat merchant and rancher John Harvat purchased the property. Livingston’s premier Gilded Age architect, I. J. Galbraith, . . . Map (db m191354) HM
38Montana (Park County), Livingston — Heading down the YellowstoneClark on the Yellowstone
On the return journey from the Pacific Ocean, Captains Meriwether Lewis and William Clark took separate routes in Montana. Lewis headed north to explore and Clark headed east toward the three forks of the Missouri/ At the three forks, Sacajawea . . . Map (db m191744) HM
39Montana (Park County), Livingston — Hefferlin Mercantile CompanyLivingston Commercial Historic District
The look of Livingston’s Main Street can be traced to Charles S. Hefferlin, who built at least twelve stores at different times along this thoroughfare. Friendly rivalry between Hefferlin and fellow developer A. W. Miles, who vied for similar . . . Map (db m191387) HM
40Montana (Park County), Livingston — Hugh J. Miller HomeLivingston Westside Residential Historic District
A harmonious blending of architectural styles yields an unusual façade in this elegant residence, built by noted attorney Hugh J. Miller circa 1900. A pedimented entry of classical design, gracefully flared roof of oriental influence, and square . . . Map (db m191643) HM
41Montana (Park County), Livingston — I. Orschel and Bro.Livingston Commercial Historic District
The intersection of Main and Park was the heart of Livingston’s compact commercial core, convenient to both railway passengers and local customers. Here in the mid 1880s brothers Isaac and Herman Orschel, who also had a store in Miles City, did a . . . Map (db m191280) HM
42Montana (Park County), Livingston — Indians, Explorers & CowboysFrom Encampments to Ranching
The interstate highway nearby mirrors a path travelers have used for centuries. Even long before the days of Lewis and Clark, members of the Crow Tribe came to this area in an annual rendezvous that was central to their culture. The tribe's nomadic . . . Map (db m193329) HM
43Montana (Park County), Livingston — Josiah C. Vilas ResidenceLivingston Westside Residential Historic District
The blocks between Clark and Calender streets were known as “Banker’s Row” because three prominent bankers made their homes in the neighborhood. Josiah C. Vilas was one of these men directly involved in Livingston’s financial welfare. Vilas came to . . . Map (db m191587) HM
44Montana (Park County), Livingston — KPRK Radio
World War II put a damper on the growth of radio broadcasting by freezing expansion of existing stations and disallowing the licensing of new stations. When the freeze finally lifted, KPRK Radio in Livingston was one of the first new postwar . . . Map (db m191795) HM
45Montana (Park County), Livingston — Legacy of Lewis and Clark: Opening the Yellowstone Corridor
(Left panel:) Early Exploration and Settlement: John Colter, member of the 1804-1805 (sic) Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery, in 1807 was the first known white man to have traversed through the area known as Yellowstone . . . Map (db m191799) HM
46Montana (Park County), Livingston — Livingston B Street Historic District
These four small one-story houses are the only remnants of Livingston’s once-thriving red-light district. A convenient but respectable distance from the railroad hub, commercial district, and residential neighborhoods, here the “painted ladies” . . . Map (db m191661) HM
47Montana (Park County), Livingston — Livingston City Hall and Fire StationLivingston Commercial Historic District
The territorial legislature created Park County with Livingston as county seat in 1887. By the mid-1890s city officials needed office space and a firehouse was even more critical. Fiery disasters had long plagued the community, and destruction of . . . Map (db m191391) HM
48Montana (Park County), Livingston — Livingston Eastside Residential Historic District
From 1900 to 1910, the Northern Pacific Railroad’s good fortunes overflowed into Livingston. Expansion of railroad services brought an influx of blue-collar workers and their families who located on the convenient Eastside, near the railroad shops . . . Map (db m191724) HM
49Montana (Park County), Livingston — Livingston Memorial Hospital
A few years after Livingston Memorial Hospital opened in February 1955, the Livingston Enterprise reported, “This neat, modern building will hold a prominent position in the lives of Livingston residents for years to come. For some it will be their . . . Map (db m191797) HM
50Montana (Park County), Livingston — Livingston Westside Residential Historic District
Livingston was inextricably tied to the railroad, but its business community also influenced the town’s character. After 1900, professionals and entrepreneurs built new homes on the Westside when the expansion of downtown encroached on the previous . . . Map (db m191796) HM
51Montana (Park County), Livingston — Miles Garnier BlockLivingston Commercial Historic District
Charles Garnier—Livingston mayor and cigar manufacturer—teamed up with businessman, brick manufacturer, and real estate developer A. W. Miles to construct this dignified addition to the commercial district. They hired one of the architects . . . Map (db m191582) HM
52Montana (Park County), Livingston — Miles HallLivingston Commercial Historic District
Entrepreneur brothers Tommy and Billy Miles constructed this dignified building in 1903 strategically located across from the Northern Pacific’s new passenger depot. The first floor of the masonry business block provided the booming community with . . . Map (db m191279) HM
53Montana (Park County), Livingston — Murray HotelLivingston Commercial Historic District
Antique furniture, red oak doors, a towering lobby, and 700 square feet of marble make this historic hotel a timeless ambassador of the “real West.” Built circa 1904, the Murray began as the Elite Hotel (locally pronounced EE-light) when Livingston . . . Map (db m191274) HM
54Montana (Park County), Livingston — On Horseback
"Struck the Rochejhone 1/2 a mile below the branch we came down & 1 1/2 ms. below where it passes out of the Rocky mountains....The horses feet are very sore many of them Can Scercely proceed on over the Stone and gravel in every other respect . . . Map (db m205927) HM
55Montana (Park County), Livingston — Pape BuildingLivingston Commercial Historic District
In 1883, Wetzstein Hall, a two-story wooden building with a liquor wholesale operation on the first floor and a public hall on the second, stood on this site. In 1902, Fred Pape opened the National Park Steam Laundry here. He purchased the building . . . Map (db m191277) HM
56Montana (Park County), Livingston — Park Hotel Building
The Park Hotel Building Built in 1904 by A.W. Miles for $60,000.00 Designed by: C.S. Haire, Architect, Helena, Montana The Corner Lot was Acquired in 1892 From W.A. Lange. The Other 3 Lots were Owned by the Carver Mercantile . . . Map (db m191580) HM
57Montana (Park County), Livingston — Sacajawea on the YellowstoneClark on the Yellowstone
Sacajawea and her son traveled with Captain William Clark down the Yellowstone River passing through this area on July 15, 1806. Sacajawea was a Shoshone teenager whose knowledge of native tribes, languages, and geographical landmarks of the area . . . Map (db m191658) HM
58Montana (Park County), Livingston — Searching for Large Cottonwood
"I can See no timber Sufficient large for a Canoe which will Carry more than 3 men and Such a one would be too Small to answer my purpose." William Clark, Tuesday 15th July, 1806 In 1806, Captain William Clark and his party of . . . Map (db m205928) HM
59Montana (Park County), Livingston — St. Mary's Catholic ChurchLivingston Westside Residential Historic District
Father Lawrence Palladino said the first Catholic mass at Livingston in the summer of 1883, on the cusp of the Northern Pacific Railroad’s arrival. The town was still a makeshift settlement of canvas tents and temporary dwellings.  In 1884, Rev. J. . . . Map (db m191644) HM
60Montana (Park County), Livingston — Talcott House
Edward Talcott came West in 1883, settling in the newly platted town of Livingston. As the town grew, Talcott discovered his professional niche. By 1891, he had risen from manager of a mercantile to assistant cashier and then to president of the . . . Map (db m191585) HM
61Montana (Park County), Livingston — The Lewis & Clark Expedition
In 1804-1806, Captains Meriwether Lewis and William Clark led the Corps of Discovery on an epic journey. Charged by President Thomas Jefferson to find a water route to the Pacific Ocean through the newly acquired Louisiana territory, they mapped the . . . Map (db m191229) HM
62Montana (Park County), Livingston — The Mayne StoreLivingston Commercial Historic District
Historic maps of Main Street show that a vendor’s stand occupied this lot in 1891. By 1896, this small but very fashionable commercial building added to Livingston’s stylish downtown streetscape. The building is a fine example of the Western . . . Map (db m191393) HM
63Montana (Park County), Livingston — Welcome to the Mission RanchPerfect Crow Country
Like much of Montana, the lands of the Mission Ranch still look largely as they did in the days of Lewis and Clark. Ranching, anchored as it is in the land's own natural productivity, is one of the main reasons. The grassland prairies and wooded . . . Map (db m193374) HM
64Montana (Park County), Pray — Hepburn's Mesa
The black-capped bluffs located on the east side of the Yellowstone River are called Hepburn's Mesa. The mesa is capped by a basalt lava flow the erupted from a small local volcano vent that has long since eroded away. Geologically, the lava flow is . . . Map (db m191798) HM
65Montana (Park County), Wilsall — Shields River Valley
This river was named by Captain William Clark of the Lewis and Clark Expedition in honor of John Shields, a member of the party. Captain Clark and his men, guided by Sacajawea, the Shoshone woman, camped at the mouth of the river July 15, 1806, . . . Map (db m128299) HM
66Montana (Park County), Yellowstone National Park — Boiling River TrailEndangered Stream
This stretch of river runs warmer than most mountain streams. A half mile up the trail, underground discharge from Mammoth Hot Springs enters the current and creates a year-round climate for water birds, trout, and aquatic plants. Over the years, . . . Map (db m123426) HM
 
 
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Dec. 9, 2022