Posted by: nancycurteman | March 2, 2010

5 Must-See Montana Historic Sites

Southeastern Montana exemplifies the American Old West. Here are five must-see historic sites to truly taste this exciting period in U.S. history.

1. The Northern Cheyenne Reservation at Lame Deer hosts the annual Fourth of July Celebration, the largest pow-wow held on the reservation. Visitors will see Indian dancing, traditional displays and feast on Native foods.

2. Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument located in southeastern Montana, is the site of the Battle of the Little Bighorn between the United States Cavalry Regiment led by Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer, and the Sioux and Cheyenne led by Sitting Bull.

3. The Pictograph Cave is 5 miles south of Billings and contains cave paintings of animals, warriors, and even rifles that tell the story of the Native Americans of the area for thousands of years.

4. Pompey’s Pillar National Monument is also near Billings. Here you will see Capt. Clark’s signature carved in stone. A boardwalk leads to the top of the pillar where there is a wonderful view of the 670 mile-long Yellowstone River. The site includes a Lewis and Clark Museum.

5. The Custer Battlefield Trading Post and Café is located in the heart of Crow Country, near the Little Bighorn Battlefield. The trading post specializes in Indian handcrafts and Native foods including fried bread and Indian Tacos.

The characters in my book “Murder in a Teacup” visit these sites.

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