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Carbon County Historical Society and Museum

224 N Broadway Ave, Red Lodge, MT 59068-9132
+1 406-446-3667
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Well worth the time, impressive mining museum exhibits

While much of the collection of 19th & 20th century artifacts is far from unique, the mining... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Billings, Montana
Small Museum Worth the Visit

Learn the local history of Red Lodge including the Apsaalooke Indian Tribe, notorious mountain man... read more

Reviewed 19 September 2017
Atlanta, Georgia
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Located in Red Lodge's historic Labor Temple Building, the Carbon County Historical Society and Museum is the county's central source for historic, genealogical, and archival information about Carbon County, Montana. The museum was first established in 1959 by Alice Greenough to house the collection of her world-renowned rodeo family. The Carbon County Historical Society was formed in 1974, and incorporated as a 501(c)3 nonprofit in 1975. In 1990, the three-story Labor Temple building was gifted to the Carbon County Historical Society by an anonymous donor. In 1909 the Labor Temple was completed in Red Lodge on the corner of 8th and Billings Ave (now Broadway). This four-story, 20,000 sq. ft. Labor Temple Building was constructed by the Red Lodge Miners Local No. 1771 for $36,000, using a quarter of a million bricks from the Fromberg brick yard. It once served more than 1,000 union miners in Carbon County. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1983. The historical society received money through grants, and private donations to restore the main floor and basement. In June 1999, the Labor Temple once again opened its doors to the community as the county's museum. The historical society is in the process of raising funds to restore and renovate the top two floors, with a completion date goal of 2017.
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224 N Broadway Ave, Red Lodge, MT 59068-9132
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

While much of the collection of 19th & 20th century artifacts is far from unique, the mining section is far rarer and very well done. Well thought out, good content that would be a surprise to many local residents who moved here long after the...More

Thank Montanian
Reviewed 19 September 2017

Learn the local history of Red Lodge including the Apsaalooke Indian Tribe, notorious mountain man "Liver-Eating" Johnson, breeding of the Cattalo, and founder/ rodeo star Alice Greenough. An interesting collection including clothing, a carriage and large gun collection. The basement houses a mining exhibit, telling...More

Thank Molly2903
Reviewed 2 September 2017

We did not plan a visit here. We saw a flyer at one of the restaurants. We went for the lecture and book signing by the author. We had a good time. The lecture was excellent. The museum was very nice. The people of Red...More

Thank gwen h
Reviewed 13 August 2017

I used to volunteer at a small museum in Calif. so I like to support other small museums. It cost 5 dollars per person and got a real good idea of the history here.

Thank TravelNowSwUsa
Reviewed 29 July 2017

Red Lodge is a mining town created by the rail road, Northern Pacific? as a coal source. It was settle originally by Europeans with mining experience,Finns, Italians, Welsh. Look at the names in the cemetery. The museum does a good job of telling the town's...More

Thank suzatjas
Reviewed 29 September 2016

Staff very informative about local history. Nice exhibits, well displayed. We spent an enjoyable couple of hours learning more about Red Lodge.

1  Thank Sheila R
Reviewed 25 September 2016

In the basement, you'll find a replica hard rock mine & exhibits about coal mining. Friendly & knowledgeable staff. I found the exhibits on the first floor somewhat confusing, There was no theme to tie the exhibits together. Nice gift shop.

1  Thank Mike C
Reviewed 26 August 2016

This isn't a very big place but it has a nice bit of local history and replica coal mine. The staff was very helpful and friendly. I especially enjoyed learning about 'Liver eating" Johnson.

1  Thank jnobz
Reviewed 22 August 2016

This Museum is loaded with lots of local history. Has a replica of a coal mine. Also carries many books for sale about the area.

1  Thank Cynthia P
Reviewed 16 August 2016

These folks were very happy to help with my genealogy needs. We didn't find much, not do to the staff not working at it, but my family were lowly hard working nose to the grindstone farmers.

1  Thank Jean M
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