Friday, August 10, 2012

Deer Lodge, Montana

We took a drive for a day trip to Deer Lodge, Montana.  Located there is the former Montana State prison, used until 1967.  Now it is one of 6 museums on this site.  We saw the Prison Museum, The Montana Auto Museum, Cottonwood City (old town buildings), Desert John's Saloon Museum, Yesterday's Playthings (a toy and doll museum).  We were tired and did not visit museum # 6, the Powell County Museum.  The original prison was built because during the gold rush days, because of all of the transient miners, traders, and others tha were ruthless and always in trouble.


The old Montana State Prison
One of the guard towers
The Chapel
The Mess Hall
The gray buildings are the original prison
The brick buildings were added later
Cross that line (20 ft from the wall) and your shot dead
The last of the really bad inmates



The Corvette section at the Montana Auto Museum
Debbie with a 1951 Packard
Debbie's Dad had a 1929 Ford Model A something like this one
Vince's Dad had a 1952 Pontiac just like this
                                                                                                                                           



We then went to the Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site, one of the largest open range cattle farms in the old west, now owned by the National Park Service.  It is still in operation with a herd of cows, and they have docents to explain every part of the ranch operation. Started in 1857 and still going strong.

    
The Ranch's main house
The Chuckwagon
The Chuckwagon cook, Alan teaching Debbie how to cook
One of the bunkhouses
Debbie exiting the Tack Shop

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Debbie trying her had at lassoing a horse

Kids in Montana ride their horse to McDonald's for lunch

                                                                                                                                                        

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