Montana is home to a large number of museums and other places to visit. On the
following pages you will find pictures of the Museum complex, located on both
sides of Main Street, south of the one and only set of traffic lights in Deer
Lodge. The most obvious building is the Old Montana Prison, which lost its
prisoners in the late 1970's. When you go into the main entrance, to your left
is the Montana Auto Museum, home to a wonderful collection of over 100 vintage
cars and other vehicles. Just to the south stands 'Little Joe', engine E70 of
the Milwaukee Road. This electric locomotive was moved here after it finished
service on the railroad that used to run through town. Cottonwood City, on the
opposite side of the street, has a wonderful collection of wooden cabins and
other old buildings, some of which were rescued and moved here from other
locations across Montana. A fully functioning Blacksmith shop, a school house,
Post Office, a jail and a brothel are just some of the interesting structures to
be found here. Next door is the Frontier Montana Museum, which has a very large
collection of handguns, cowboy accessories and Western memorabilia, together
with 'Desert Johns Saloon Bar'. Next is the Powell County Historical Museum,
home to another impressive collection of weapons and other artifacts associated
with this region of the West. Also, in the midst of this complex, is the
Prospectors Playground where you can pan for gold, sapphires and other gems.
Next door is the Montana State Prison Hobby Store, where you can buy arts and
crafts made by inmates at the prison that is located 5 miles west of here.
Yesterdays Playthings, a museum dedicated the child in all of us, has Dolls,
Teddy Bears and other Toys, the collection of Harriet Free. Next to this museum
is the Picnic Area, a very pleasant landscaped garden complete with a fine
wooden Carriage House. All together this impressive collection of museums,
buildings and artifacts makes for a fascinating way to spend a few hours or even
a whole day, exploring the history of the Wild West. For more information and
opening times, please visit the Powell County Museum website by clicking on
their logo below.
Please click on
the images below to enter the galleries.