Red Lodge, Montana

We drove to our new camp site Perry’s RV Park and Campground yesterday….easy 125 mile drive from Livingston

Our site is right on Rock Creek which is the stream that flows through this valley between two high ridges…….

We have had a lot of smoke in the air for about 2 weeks now. We were told it has been that way for several weeks. Apparently a lot of fires in the north west. Today was that way so we had breakfast at a local favorite….Cafe Regis  then walked around the old historic town…..

Drove around a little and found a place by the airport looking down at Red Lodge.

The population now is about 2400. During the coal mining heydays which began in the 1880’s the population was closer to 5000 and the town had 20 saloons…seems that all these old towns had plenty of drinking holes….the coal mines were under these high hills on both sides of Red Lodge…

The Crow Nation had a treaty with the US Government giving them this land here in the valley. This had been their land historically but when coal was discovered….well, I guess we took it back

At the north end of Red Lodge this  statue of the Crow Chief Plenty Coups stands….he lived from 1848 until 1932

Tomorrow we are going to do the drive on the Beartooth All American Road, which was started in 1931 and completed in 1936….these great old Yellowstone Buses took passengers in when the highway opened…this one has a 1937 Montana license plate….

Hope to have some good photos from the drive tomorrow….the scenery on this road is supposed to be as good or better than the famous Going to the Sun road in Glacier National Park…..

Stay Tuned….Ronnie and Jim

 

 

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