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Havre Montana

Located in: Central Montana

Located in the rolling plains of north central Montana, Havre was founded more than 100 years ago. Havre, a rural agricultural city, is situated close to the Canadian border amidst the wide panorama of the open plains. Also a railroad town, it offers modern city conveniences in a remote setting, surrounded by unaltered and uncluttered plains. The economy is diversified with farming, ranching, hospital and health services, education, professional and retail businesses and the railroad.

Havre is the home of Montana State University-Northern and the headquarters for the Montana Division of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad. Havre is surrounded by the Milk River, wheat fields and the Bears Paw Mountains at an elevation of 2,494 feet. Self-guided walking tours of historic sites and homes in downtown Havre are available from the Chamber of Commerce.

Wahkpa Chu'gn Archaeology Site is one of the largest prehistoric Indian bison kill- and camp-sites. The site was frequently used from approximately 2,000 to 600 years ago. Discovered in the fall of 1961, the site, situated on county land, has been kept in its natural state. The walking tour provides a unique and unequaled view of the area's cultural history.

Havre Beneath the Streets is a re-creation of Havre's history. When fire destroyed most of Havre, business owners moved underground to carry on their business until the town could be rebuilt. Step back in time as far as 100 years ago, into the Sporting Eagle Saloon, a turn-of-the-century honkytonk where cowboys gambled, kicked up their heels and drank good old-fashioned frontier rot-gut. Saunter along the streets beneath Havre and the Sporting Eagle Saloon, and visit an opium den (one of three known to have existed in the early days), a Chinese laundry, bakery, barbershop, an ethnic restaurant, and of course, a bordello. They all look as they did at the turn of the century.

Tour a military post of yesterday. Historic Fort Assinniboine, a late 19th-century Army installation, is one of the oldest in existence and the largest in Montana. Previously the frontier home of battalions of American infantry and cavalry and the site of John J. Pershing's first field assignment, the fort stands today as a monument to our state's exciting past. Historic Fort Assinniboine, complete with preserved buildings, lies six miles southwest of Havre near the Milk River.

Located in the Heritage Center in downtown Havre, the H. Earl Clack Museum gives an accurate picture of the history and development of Havre and the Hi-Line area. The museum features an archaeological excavation of a buffalo jump and a detailed explanation of a buffalo-kill. Four dioramas grace the museum, one by nationally known artist, Bob Scriver.

In the Bears Paw Mountains to the south is Beaver Creek Park. This 10,000-acre park, one of the largest county parks in the United States, features rolling grasslands, wooded groves, rocky cliffs and rushing streams. The Rocky Boy's and Fort Belknap Indian reservations are nearby.

Havre is located in north-central Montana, approximately 47 miles from the Canadian border on U.S. Highway 2.

Havre Accommodations

Bed & Breakfast (1)
Hotel/Motel (9)
Private Campground (3)

Havre Restaurants

Coffee Shop (2)
Ethnic Restaurant (1)
Family Restaurant (13)
Fast Food Restaurant (6)
Fine Dining (2)
Ice Cream/Yogurt Parlor (2)
Pizza Parlor (2)
Sports Bar (1)

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Airport (1)
Archaeological Excavation (1)
Art Gallery (1)
Automobile Service (2)
Banking Service (6)
Car Rental (4)
Chamber Of Commerce (1)
Church (20)
City Park (1)
Downhill Ski Area (1)
Drive-In (1)
Fishing Access Site (4)
Jewelry Store (1)
Library (1)
Museum (2)
Outfitter/Guide (1)
Public Golf Course (1)
Rail Service (1)
Recreation Area Campground (5)
Registered Historic Site (1)
Skating Arena (1)
Specialty Tour (2)
State Historic Site (1)
University (1)
Vacation Planning Assistance (2)

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