Ghost town convention to tour area

Alastair Baker
News Editor
Thursday, September 5, 2019

The Montana Ghost Town Preservation Society (MGTPS) will be holding its convention in Red Lodge Sept. 6-8 at the Old Roosevelt School.

This will include a tour of the area, Sept. 7, led by geologist and historian Linda Dutcher, with the group visiting the Wright Hour in Red Lodge, the Virtue Gulch Overview, Washoe town, Smith Mine, Scotch Coulee area, Bearcreek ghost town, and Bearcreek Cemetery.

The convention will also include a guided tour of the Carbon County Historical Society and Museum on Sept. 6 from 4:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

On Saturday at the Old Roosevelt School presentations will begin at 9 a.m. with Prof. Larry Loendorf presenting ‘Horse Bones and Horse Pictures on the Rocks.’

At 10:15 a.m. Montana Historian Jon Axline will present a talk on ‘Bearcreek: Life and death and life in a Montana Coal Camp.’  Lunch will be from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Pollard Hotel.

A social hour, banquet and annual meeting will commence at 5:45 p.m. with presenter and speaker Jeff McNeish at the Old Roosevelt School.

On Sept. 8 there will be a field trip in the morning to Mountain View with Linda Dutcher as a guide and host. 

The goal of MGTPS is "to preserve and maintain ghost towns and historic sites in the state of Montana, and to develop an appreciation of the cultural benefits in the sites, buildings, and artifacts that are part of the living museum formed from the beginnings of Montana."


Upcoming Events

  • Monday, September 16, 2019 - 7:00pm
    Joliet Group meets at the Community Center Monday at 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday, September 17, 2019 - 7:00pm
    Now Group meets at the Bridger United Methodist Church, 222 W. Broadway (west entrance of church) Tuesday at 7 p.m.
  • Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 7:00pm
    Meets every Thursday, 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Red Lodge Area Community Foundation, 122 S. Hauser. It is open to all. 425- 1755.
  • Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 7:00pm
    Clarks Fork Group meets at St. Joseph’s Catholic Hall, north end of Montana Avenue, Thursday at 7 p.m.
  • Friday, September 20, 2019 - 7:00pm
    Rock Creek Group meets Tuesdays and Saturdays at 8 a.m. and Wednesdays and Fridays at 7 p.m. at Calvary Church, 9 N Villard, Red Lodge.
  • Saturday, September 21, 2019 - 11:30am
    Ross Orchards, located at 111 North Street in Fromberg, is proud to announce the opening of a farm stand this Fall. The orchard will be open Saturdays from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sundays noon - 5 p.m. starting Sept. 21 and closing Oct. 13. The orchard is working in conjunction with the Last Chance Pub and Cider Mill and Red Lodge Ales to offer fun, family-friendly events.   Every weekend apples, fresh apple cider pressed with apples from the orchard, apple pastries, local honey, food, hard cider, and beer will be available.  There will also be pumpkins and a variety of local produce for sale. Additionally, each weekend will have a different event. Sept. 21 - 22 – Cider and Salutations yoga 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Sept. 28 – A farm to table dinner at 5 p.m. catered by the Last Chance Pub’s chef Kevin McNourlin. The dinner will feature local foods paired with cider. Contact to reserve seats (limit 40) Oct. 5 - 6 - Kidz Dayz. Bounce house, pumpkin carving, face painting and tractor rides through the orchard. Oct. 12- Orchard run 5k. A family-friendly run/walk through Ross Orchards. Visit to sign up. Sam Hoffmann, President of Red Lodge Ales, remarked, “it has been fun to get to know John, Laura, Hilary, and Elizabeth Ross over the last ten plus years. Together we have pruned, picked apples, and made cider on a home brew level and now commercially. We are proud to share our work with the public.” John Ross, owner of Ross Orchards, adds, “The orchard has always been a source of pride and happiness for me.  Our family has enjoyed working with Sam and Lindsey Hoffmann and their employees. We look forward to the success of Orchard days.” Contact for more info: John Ross 406-671-9614,; Sam Hoffmann 406-425-4607,; Lindsey Hoffmann 406-425-3734,  

The Carbon County News

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