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Range Riders Museum

Miles City Montana

Listing Type: Museum
City: Miles City Montana
Region: Southeast Montana

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The Range Riders Museum was built on the site of the 1876 Fort Keogh containment and was opened in August of 1941. This privately financed museum is located on the site where General Nelson A. Miles constructed Cantonment #1 to secure the area in the aftermath of the Custer Battle.

The Range Riders Organization was founded in 1939 by a group of cowboy-stockmen who wanted the area's history preserved. They started the museum so the following generations would know who they were, what they were, what they did, and what they used. The museum has grown in 55 years to include nine buildings that house thousands of artifacts commonly found in the area. It portrays the authentic personality of men and women during the most difficult time in the life of a pioneer. It's the largest western museum in the area.

The hub of the complex is the original log building completed in 1941. It has a wealth of displays including pictures of early day settlers, the famed Coggshall saddle, ladies' side saddles, antiquated cameras, patchwork quilts, and household utensils. Immediately adjacent is the Pioneer Memorial Hall with over 700 plaques commemorating the region's pioneers. Vast historic records are found in the stories of these people. Honoring these pioneers is the museum's tradition.

The Bert Clark Gun Collection features over 400 firearms. The Fort Keogh Officers' Quarters, Coach House, Homestead House, and One-Room School are full of donated artifacts. Many other special exhibits are displayed in the Heritage Center and Coach House: works of three early photographers - Huffman, Morrison, and Barthelmess; a frontier town with eleven different shops presenting a rendition of Old Main Street in Milestown; Indian artifacts from the region representing Sioux, Cheyenne, and Crow tribes; Charles Russell Gallery; Carol's Hattery; three large reproductions of early day military, Indian and ranch life in the Fort Keogh, Lame Deer and L.O. Ranch replicas and Milwaukee shops replicas.

Directions: The Range Riders Museum is located off the west end of Main Street in Miles City. After you cross the Tongue River bridge the museum will be on your right. Highway 10 and 12.

Range Riders Museum
, Miles City, MT 59301

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  • Western Art
  • American Heritage
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  • Native Art
  • Education
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  • Gift Shop
  • Parking
  • Public Restroom

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