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Friday, September 5, 2008

Havre in a Day

Havre, Montana was incorporated in 1893. The Milk River runs through the town, and the Bear Paw Mountains can be seen to the south. It was founded primarily to serve as a major railroad service center for the Great Northern Railway. A statue of James Hill (he built the Great Northern Railway) stands near the Havre Amtrak Station .

There is the neatest railroed museum right in the center of town and it is a great place to visit. It preserves the history of railroading in Havre with an extensive display of railroad antiques and paraphernalia.

"Havre Beneath the Streets" you can buy your tickets right at the train museum.
Small purple colored squares can be seen 0n some of the sidewalks in the downtown area. These are skylights for a underground "mall" built in the city at least a hundred years ago after a devastating fire burnt down the entire town. This underground area has been host to a brothel, a Chinese laundromat, a saloon, a drugstore, opium dens, and rooms used for smuggling alcohol during probation.

The Wahkpa Chu'gn Buffulo Jump, is located behind the Holiday Village Shopping Center. Over 2,000 years old, it is one of the largest and best preserved buffalo jumps anywhere. In prehistoric times, Native American would drive the bison over the edge of the cliff, killing or severely injuring the animals. Afterwards, the Native Americans skinned the animals and preserved the meat. The buffalo jump is now an archaeological site.

Havre Badlands, is a formation that runs alongside the Milk River to the west of the city. Small fossils, including seashells and petrified wood, can be found in the limestone sediment in this area.

Fort Assinniboine located six miles southwest of Havre, which served as one of Montana's principal military posts from 1879 through the Prohibition era. The fort was one of many used by the United States to protect against potential attacks from Native Americans. At its peak, the fort housed and employed 489 soldiers in 104 buildings. Most of the buildings are long gone but a few do remain. The 2 pictures are the Bachelor Officer's Quarters and the Double Cavalry Guard Buildings and one stable

Although we spent the entire day going to all the things above we sadly found some of them closed for the season. We did get as many photos as we could at each regardless. Being from Florida we are not use to our tourist attractions being closed down... ;-D

1 comment:

Anonymous said...


Thank you so much for sharing your travels with us! I actually feel like I am "cyber" traveling! I am loving the pics! Keep 'em coming Girl!!!!



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