The Range Riders Museum is in Miles City. It is probably one of the best museums I have been to for the reason that it is so personal to the community. All towns have little museums but I have never seen such a community effort. This museum was a lot of work and although the displays leave little to be desired as far as modern displays. …or design in general. Probably most was done by men. What amazes me is ( having worked with displays) how labor intensive this museum is. This museum didn’t order fancy displays and cases they built and designed everything themselves. I doubt they hired a professional consultant either. I didn’t even have time to see the whole thing and could easily go through again the things I did see! I love the personal touches and character of this museum.
They even put the brand in the sidewalk….
…with shotgun shells!
Even the rattles are not exempt!
This the Range Rider hall that you can rent for your functions. The walls are covered with people that live within, I think, 25 miles of Miles City. To be in this room you have to have been born before a certain year but I can’t remember that either!
Look at all of that history!
Here are some of the photographs that caught my attention….
Each one of these is a frame on a plaque that has been painted, branded if the person had one, a metal plaque with their name and dates, and that black pipe at the bottom. Who would put a pipe at the bottom of each plaque. And each piece of pipe has the ends covered. As I said some man had to design these. I could picture my dad designing this very thing. I love them for their character and that someone put A LOT of time and effort. This was my favorite room in the museum and where I spent most of my time. I wish there was a story about each person!
More of the museum when I have time!
This post if for my soon to be disappointed brother because its not as exciting as it sounds but things happen…
I meant to go camping last weekend but every place I wanted to camp was calling for severe thunder and hail storms. Once again I didn’t hang out in Miles City but drove to Gillette but I did pull over on the interstate much to the annoyance of several truckers and took a picture of the welcoming gate!
From a distance….
After I spent the night in Gillette I took the long way home which went by UCROSS. But….the BIG RED BARN was closed! There was a sign at the entrance so I didn’t go in. I just to a picture of the gate. I could have gone again today but the Bighorn Mountains and Cloud Peak Wilderness area were calling me. Springtime in the mountains are covered in blooms! But that if another post.
The rest of these are of the storm clouds. The wind was crazy and lightening was striking. Raindrops as big as pancakes were falling from the sky but no hail. The amazing thing about this part of the country is that the sky is so big the storms can’t cover it. They roll in with blue skies leading and following behind.
Of course this land should all be sagebrush and cactus but alfalfa is king