Thursday, May 14, 2009

Montana Cowboys Association ...

I'm up in Great Falls this week, doing historic research on a series of old buildings. By far the coolest is a little log structure known locally as the Cowboy Bar. The place was constructed as a public works project right before World War II to be the headquarters of the "Montana Cowboys Association," and to house their museum. And that's what it still is today, although in fine Montana tradition the cowboys added a bar long ago to help pay the bills.

And it's extremely cool ... so the next time you're in Great Falls, be sure to stop by. Join the old cowhands for a bottle of Bud Light and check out the display cases filled with dusty Montana relics. You won't regret it.

This is an historic photo of the building taken soon after it opened. As you might guess, it looks a little more worn today.


  1. There is a personal connection between Charlie, Nancy and my family...My favorite place is Charlie's studio. I cannot look at the clock without crying...

  2. Yep, I love that stuff too.

    Great Falls actually has an amazing amount of interesting stuff to see and experience ... it's a very underrated place, I think.