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the Gallatin and Crazy Mountain Ranges and surrounded by the
Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness, Livingston, Montana (lat. 45.66 N, long. 110.56 W, elev.
4503 feet) is nestled along the free-flowing Yellowstone River, one of the world's longest
un-dammed rivers. For centuries, this land was sacred & neutral
to Native American Crow, Blackfoot, Flathead, Shoshone tribes.
The original railroad and ranching town of
Livingston, MT has been reshaped in recent years by artisits, movie stars, and
people seeking ranch-style living.
Paradise Valley was named "The Valley of Flowers" and was a common hunting
ground. Originally occupied by these and other Native American tribes
for thousands of years, this very special land in Park
along the Absaroka Mountains, was named after the Crow Indian Nation long before
the majority of the future Territory of
Montana was acquired in the 1803 Louisiana
Purchase, brokered by Thomas Jefferson, the U.S. Congress, and Napoleon
Bonaparte. Captain William Clark’s expedition brought some of the
first white men to travel through this area. He, with his men and Sacajawea,
stopped here somewhere along the great bend of the Yellowstone River to rest and
eat on July 15, 1806.
In 1864, after the discovery
of gold, mines at Emigrant Gulch, Bear Gulch (later known as Jardine) and
City went into
production. Coal was also discovered on the west side of the
Yellowstone River above Clark City,
now know as Livingston. After the
establishment of the railroad, mines at Horr, Trail Creek and Cokedale were
developed. Clark City boasted a population of 500 with six
general stores, two hotels and 44 other Park County,
businesses, 30 of which were saloons.
Soon traders, trappers and
miners flocked to the area and established a small settlement on the river
called Benson’s Landing. Then came the great “iron horse” and in the
early 1880’s the Northern Pacific Railroad sent Joseph McBride to find real
estate on which to build a store for Bruns and Kruntz that would
supply railroad workers. He chose the site of present day Livingston, bypassing
Benson’s Landing just a few miles down the Yellowstone.
however, surveyed the area and decided the city should be located a short
distance to the north. People and businesses moved to this new real estate.
Though the original
tent town was called Clark
City, by 1882 Livingston, MT was named after pioneer director of
the Northern Pacific Johnston Livingston. Soon the town was a base camp with
repair shops, providing thousands of jobs.
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The railroad’s presence
invigorated Park County, creating a thriving Livingston community with
a busy downtown complete with commercial property boasting 30 saloons, 6 general
stores, 6 hotels, 6 restaurants and a red light district. At one time, up to
2,200 men who worked for the railroad were based right in Livingston,
Park County, Montana home to Livingston, grew out of the needs of the
railroad. The branch line south to Yellowstone carried countless tourists throughout the
years, as well as provided the local residents transportation to and from their
farms and ranches. To the north, the Shields Branch Line helped create the towns
of Wilsall and Clyde Park, and each year in the fall that same
line carried the farmers' wheat and ranchers' livestock to market.
Stock raising and
agriculture began in the early 1880's. Wool shipment was big business
and the sheep industry flourished. Cattle soon followed as large herds were
driven in from the south. Shortly after the turn of the century grain crops
followed, and a major economic force in Park County was firmly established here where
the Montana farm and ranch real
estate was plentiful and
soil rich. The completion of the Park Branch of the Northern Pacific Railroad
brought to Livingston the commercial trade
business of tourists and suppliers.
Once the steel rail was laid
across the vast expanse of Montana real
estate, many more came through the
county, through the Paradise Valley, to see the splendors of the nation's first
national park, Yellowstone
National Park, established by the US Congress in 1872.
Tourists came aboard the Northern Pacific's North Coast Limited and changed
trains in Livingston to board the Park Branch
Line for the recreational trip to Yellowstone Park’s main entrance at Gardiner,
which remains open year-round.
For 43 years, everyone
traveled by rail through Livingston to Yellowstone Park’s north entrance in
Gardiner. Though the rail line to Yellowstone Park is gone, the
Depot Center still stands as a railroad museum
and beautiful monument to that era.
With the West not yet
completely civilized and characters like Calamity Jane in town, there
was plenty of excitement in Livingston. By the
time 1902 arrived, the Northern Pacific opened its third and most prestigious
depot in town – the largest depot west of the Mississippi
River at that time. Livingston, Montana soon became
known across the country as "the gateway to Yellowstone National
Main Street and the
historic districts are reminders of the city’s bygone golden era.
The downtown buildings
from the 1880s and 90s remain as a testimony of the old west and give Livingston its special turn-of-the-century charm. Because
of its historic flavor and beautiful natural surroundings, Livingston has also
been found by Hollywood; several movies, including the very
popular A River Runs Through It have been filmed in the area.
|Livingston, MT has
much to offer locals and tourists alike. Located on blue ribbon fishing waters
of the legendary Yellowstone
River, Livingston is home to the
International Federation of Fly Fishers. Stop by their Discovery Center and learn what fly fishing is all
about. If you are interested in Montana hunting and fishing, the
area abounds with guides and outfitters to assist all types of Montana
Over the decades,
Livingston, MT has become an arts Mecca with many artists and writers
living in the area's inexpensive homes and working at downtown commercial
property. Downtown has over 15 art galleries, and over 200 artisans live and
work throughout Park County. From June through September, the
Livingston Gallery Association presents the Downtown Art Walk every fourth
Friday of the month. In late summer, the Park County Studio 2-Day Tour allows
art lovers to see artists working in their own studios.
The Livingston, Montana Area
offers live theater at The Blue Slipper Theatre and the Firehouse 5
Playhouse. Movie goers will enjoy The Empire Theater with its art deco
motif. History lovers can delve into Park County
history at the Yellowstone Gateway Museum. Railroad buffs and enthusiasts
must make a stop at the Livingston Depot Center. Kids of all ages are welcome to
view the three-room Livingston Model Railroaders display also at the depot.
Travelers will peruse unique shops and tempt their pallets at excellent
restaurants throughout the area.
For recreational adventure,
whitewater rafting is very popular. The area
has plenty of trails to hike, bike, bird watch, and horseback ride on, and
places to hunt, fish, golf, ski, rock climb, and camp. For a western-life
recreational experience, there are working ranch properties in the area
willing to break a tenderfoot.
People from North America
and beyond have found Livingston, MT commercial
property, open land, Montana farms, building lots,
recreational property, and ranches for sale in Livingston Montana, Park
County, Montana and the Paradise Valley, Montana.
Ranked as the nation’s tenth
top rodeo during the Independence Holiday, the Livingston Roundup is held every
year July 2-3-4 and draws competitors and visitors from all over the
USA and Canada. Before the rodeo, don’t miss the big July 2nd parade downtown.
Also in July, enjoy the
music-filled Summerfest, the Kids’ Trout Derby, the Festival of the Arts, and
the CNR Sustainability Fair.
People leave their
Livingston, Montana homes to
take the family for a soak just 25 miles south into the
beautiful Paradise Valley, MT to the
historical and romantic Chico Hot Springs, where Hollywood actors have
been spotted. The region is home to world-class fly fishing, hunting, golfing,
horseback riding, rafting, skiing, hiking, climbing, camping, and a host of
other recreational opportunities. And, if you are missing city life, travel 25
miles west to Bozeman, home to Montana State
University, the Museum of the
Rockies, the Computer Museum, and many more exciting things
to see and do.
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