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In northeastern Montana is the city of Glasgow. Glasgow serves as the county seat of Valley County and is a small town of about 3,000 people. It is also the most populous city for over 110 miles, making it an important destination for a number of people in the area. The town was founded in 1887 as a ranching and farming community and still is one to this day! It also is a hot spot for tourists looking to follow the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail and outdoor recreationists wanting to see the Missouri River and Fort Peck Lake. During the 1960's, the Glasgow Air Force Base was built, bringing the population up to nearly 6,500 people! It was used during the Vietnam War and the earlier part of the Cold War. The Air Force based was later deactivated in 1969 as it was no longer needed. Also, fun fact: Glasgow is only 60 miles from the Canadian border!
A short 45 minute drive from Glasgow, Wolf Point is another small Montana town. Located in Roosevelt County, the town has a population of around 3,000! Even though the population is small, Wolf Point is actually has the largest community on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation. Wolf Point is situated on the High Plains of eastern Montana, along the valley of the Missouri River. As is common in Montana, Wolf Point was the location for several fur trading forts. During the 1870's, winter trappers stacked their wolf hides along the river while waiting for steamboats to transport their goods to eastern markets. After that, the name "Wolf Point" stuck with the area. Today, Wolf Point has grown into a nice, small town and is known for its annual "Wild Horse Stampede."
The Children's Museum of Northeast Montana was founded by community members in 2005! Located at 512 2nd Ave South in Downtown Glasgow, this museum features hands-on exhibits designed for children. The exhibits are focused on creative arts, culture and science and are there to enrich the lives of the youth. The museum also hosts special events and field trips for families and children throughout the year! The best part about this local organization, though, is that it is overseen by a voluntary board of directors and staffed by 90% volunteers! Next time you're in town, take the kids to this awesome organization!
The Wolf Point Area Museum is one of many unique attractions in Wolf Point. It first opened its doors in 1972 and now is open Monday through Friday during the summer. Displays center around the artifacts of first settlers and homesteaders during the late 1800's and early 1900's. There are even cultural Indian artifacts and dates and sites of their colorful Pow Wows held in June and July. In order to raise money, the museum hosts a few fundraising events including an event featuring a dinner, wine tasting and art auctions on the second Friday in November! Check out the museum next time you're in town!
Held in the later part of July, early part of August, the Northeast Montana Fair is a fair you don't want to miss! The fair features horse shows, car shows, rodeos, a carnival, exhibits, and much more. Of course, that's not to mention the best farm animals and talent around! Check them out on Facebook for updates about next year's fair.
The Wild Horse Stampede is a fun, annual event in the heart of Wolf Point. Held every year in July, this rodeo features five days of PRCA rodeos, bullfighters, barrel races, carnival attractions, parades and more! You can often times find Miss Rodeo Montana partaking in the fun too! There is so much to do at the Wild Horse Stampede, you surely don't want to miss it. And we can't forget to mention: there even are other events held in June including a brew fest and Shakespeare play! Check it out next summer!
Located at 193 Klein Ave, Eugene's Pizza is an all-time favorite! It was started by Eugene E Barger in 1962, and has been in the same location since. It is now run by two brothers who are just as passionate about the food and customer service! They make all of their meals with the finest ingredients and have some delicious menu options including "Volcanic Chicken" and "Taco Wabo" pizzas. If you're not in the mood for pizza, don't fret; they have chicken dinners, burgers, sandwiches and more! Also, fun fact: Eugene's goes through 15 tons of cheese every year! That's roughly 29,120 pounds! Go check them out today!
The Wolf Point Cafe is an original in Wolf Point! The restaurant is owned and operated by a local family and has been in business since the 1920's! They serve delicious home-cooked food including pizza, chicken fried steak, burgers, salads and a variety of wraps. They even have an awesome breakfast menu! Located at 217 Main Street, this restaurant is a local favorite, and it's no wonder why!
I love the Wolf Point area because we are a rural community with a lot of diversity in both culture and heritage that knows the importance of our farmers and ranchers and the great work they do feeding America.