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Following the Route of the Hiawatha

April 30, 2022

Come take a ride on the famous Olympian Hiawatha! Well not really, but come join us and follow a section of the famed railroad as it passes from Roundup to Harlowton.

We’ll follow the old rail bed on Highway 12 along the Musselshell River as it makes its way to Harlowton, Montana. Lunch will be at the Loco Creek Grill in Harlowton.

After lunch, we’ll visit the Harlowton Milwaukee Depot Museum to learn about her Chicago, Milwaukee, St Paul and Pacific Railroad. The railroad passed across Montana beginning in Baker and ending at the Idaho border. Beginning in Harlowton, the route became electrified for over 400 miles.

For our next stop, we transition to taking in our state’s natural beauty at Natural Bridge State Park. To get there we’ll pass through Big Timber, Montana then proceed on Highway 191. Passing through Big Timber, we’ll follow the Boulder River to the Natural Bridge State Park and have a look at the waterfall and beginning of spring runoff. It’s been a while since we’ve been there. (The last time was epic, featuring a red Ferrari 328 GTS and a red Detomaso Pantera, and a state trooper that apparently didn’t know the difference, which created some fun chatter.)

Afterwards, it’s off to the Grand Hotel in Big Timber for beverages and dinner for those wanting to stay.

The Grand Hotel was built in 1890 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places restored to her original beauty. We’ll enjoy some adult beverages in the 1890 Saloon and later some of Montana’s finest cuisine. We have a group dinner reservations for 16 at 6:30 PM. It will fill quickly. (I believe we can increase this dinner number so an RSVP is important!)

The Absaroka Region has reserved some rooms at the Grand Hotel in case anyone wants to spend the night instead of driving home. If you’re interested in that, call ahead as they’ll most likely go quickly. There are other options available in Big Timber if the Grand is full.

Whether you stay for dinner and make it an overnighter, opt to enjoy dinner or head back home, it’s going to be a nice drive around our region that you’ll enjoy.

When: Saturday, April 30, 2022

Meeting Time:  09:00 AM; Depart Time:  09:30 AM

Meeting Location:  City Brew, Billings Heights, 710 Main St.


Lynnsey: ldslanina@gmail.com

Dan: Daniel_G_Cole@hotmail.com

Grand Hotel:  406.932.4459 for dinner reservations



April 30, 2022
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Grand Hotel, Big Timber, MT


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