Historical Markers in
Park County, Montana

108 North Main Street 112 North Main Street 116 North Main Street 122 South Yellowstone Street 128 South Yellowstone Street 221 South Yellowstone 315 West Callender 802 East Callender Street 810 East Callender Street A Civil War Cannon: A Wildlife Paradise Absaroka - Beartooth Wilderness Along the Yellowstone River Boiling River Trail Captain Clark and the Corps of Discovery on the Yellowstone Cooke City General Store Danforth Block Donnelly-Van Brocklin Block Emigrant Gulch First Lewis and Clark Trail Marker First National Bank / Masonic Temple Fort Parker Frank Block Goughnour Lumber Office Grabow Hotel Harvat Block Heading down the Yellowstone Hefferlin Mercantile Company Hepburn's Mesa Hugh J. Miller Home I. Orschel and Bro. Indians, Explorers & Cowboys Josiah C. Vilas Residence KPRK Radio Legacy of Lewis and Clark: Opening the Yellowstone Corridor Livingston B Street Historic District Livingston City Hall and Fire Station Livingston Eastside Residential Historic District Livingston Memorial Hospital Livingston Westside Residential Historic District Miles Garnier Block Miles Hall Murray Hotel Pape Building Park Hotel Building Roosevelt Arch Sacajawea on the Yellowstone Shields River Valley St. Mary's Catholic Church Take a walk through history on the Yankee Jim Trail Talcott House The Lewis & Clark Expedition The Mayne Store The New World Mining District The Summer of 1877 Welcome to the Mission Ranch Wildlife Migrations Wildlife of the Northern Range Yellowstone Cutthroat Trout Yellowstone's Northern Range "...high rigid mountain..." "At the Yellowstone" "Wide bold, rapid and deep"
The town of Virginia City, Montana, was a major center of gold mining during the late 19th century. At its peak in the 1870s, the town had a population of over 10,000 and was the territorial capital of Montana. Today, Virginia City is a popular tourist destination and has been preserved as a living ghost town.
Park County, Montana, located in the southwestern part of the state, has a rich history dating back thousands of years. The region was originally inhabited by Native American tribes such as the Crow, Shoshone, and Blackfeet. These tribes relied on the area's abundant wildlife, rivers, and forests for sustenance and trade.

Exploration of Park County began in the early 1800s with the arrival of fur trappers and explorers. In 1806, the famous Lewis and Clark expedition passed through the region, leaving its mark on local history. The discovery of gold in the mid-1800s brought a wave of settlers to the area, leading to the establishment of several mining towns, including Cooke City and Emigrant.

The late 19th century saw the growth of agriculture and ranching in Park County. The fertile land and favorable climate attracted settlers who turned the area into a hub for cattle and sheep ranching. Ranching and agriculture remain important industries in the county to this day.

Park County is also known for its natural beauty and outdoor recreational activities. With the creation of Yellowstone National Park in 1872, a small portion of the county became part of the world's first national park. This designation brought increased tourism and economic opportunities to the area.

Today, Park County continues to thrive as a vibrant community that cherishes its history and natural beauty. It attracts visitors from around the world who come to explore Yellowstone National Park, engage in outdoor adventures, and experience the warm hospitality of its residents.

This timeline provides a glimpse into the major events and milestones that have shaped the history of Park County, Montana.

  • 1806 - The Lewis and Clark expedition passes through what is now Park County.
  • 1870s - The area's first permanent settlements are established, including Livingston.
  • 1882 - Park County is officially established.
  • 1883 - The Northern Pacific Railroad reaches Livingston, leading to increased growth and development in the county.
  • 1886 - The well-known Yellowstone National Park is established, becoming a major tourist destination in the county.
  • 1920s - The mining industry booms in Park County, attracting many people to the area.
  • 1970s - The county becomes a popular destination for outdoor recreational activities such as fishing, hunting, and hiking.
  • 1992 - The Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Parks acquires Paradise Valley Wildlife Management Area in Park County.