Dude Rancher Lodge

Dude Rancher LodgeThe Dude Rancher Lodge in Billings, Montana. The lodge opened in 1949, and given the cars shown this chrome postcard dates from about 1954-55. (in the left-foreground is a black ’54 Cadillac and in the center, way in the distance, is a 1953 Mercury woodie) The Dude Rancher Lodge has had its share of challenges in recent years, appearing on the Travel Channel’s Hotel Impossible in 2012. Adding injury to insult, a drug-fueled gunman chose the lodge for a shootout with police just days later.

Great Falls Methodist Church

Methodist Church PostcardThe Methodist Church in Great Falls, published by the Charles E. Morris Co. of Chinook, Montana. On the back is a snippet pertaining to Great Falls:

GREAT FALLS, MONT. The ‘Cascade City’ on the upper Missouri. Population 22,000. Seat of Cascade County. Head of navigation on the Missouri River. Has unsurpassed natural resources of all kinds.

Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park PostcardA beautiful mountain road in Montana’s Glacier National Park. The postcard was mailed in 1963, but the sightseeing bus predates that year considerably. My guess is that it’s a 1937 model from White Motor Co.