The monument to silent film cowboy William S. Hart outside the Billings, Montana airport. Dedicated on July 4, 1927, Hart himself commissioned and paid for the life-sized statue.
From the 1920s, this white border postcard gives us a view of the park at Basin Creek Reservoir, Butte, Montana.
The Glacier Park Hotel, today known as the Glacier Park Lodge, is located near Montana’s Glacier National Park. It was the first of a series of hotels built by the Great Northern to house rail travelers visiting the park.
The 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.
The 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.
Blackfeet squaws lighting up. What can I say about this?
This linen postcard from Curt Teich shows one of the Empire streamliners, ahem, “making tracks” through Montana on the Great Northern Railway.
The location of “Custer’s Last Stand”, with inset images of General Custer and his trusted scout Curley. One of the few surviving witnesses to the massacre, Curley was the first person to report the defeat of the 7th Cavalry Regiment.
A few Montana cattle brands are presented on this linen postcard from Tichnor Brothers.
A 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.