Outdoor activities in Miles City are abundant. Fishing, hunting, bird watching, rock collecting, golf, or just taking a walk along the river can all be done within minutes of Miles City. We also throw some great events here. The World Famous Miles City Bucking Horse Sale makes Miles City the rodeo capital of the world each third full weekend in May. Throw in Mosquito Festival and BBQ Cook-Off in June, Independence Day Celebration on July 4th, Eastern Montana Fair in August, the Bluegrass Festival in September, Wine & Food Festival in November, and the Christmas Stroll, plus many cultural events and fun activities throughout each year. You will see that there is always something to do in Miles City.
Miles City has great Parks!
- Riverside Park, on the West end of Main Street, sits next to our Natural Oasis Swimming Pool, and the Denton Sports Complex. With a beautiful, and well-lit, walking path, this park provides activities for all ages. There’s a nice playground, lots of benches and picnic tables, a covered picnic area, new restrooms, and more. Many Miles City events and activities are based in the park; Weekly Farmer’s Market mid May through October, Quick Draw Art Auction during the Bucking Horse Sale, July 4th Celebration, Niedgefest Rock Concert, High Plains Classic Car Show, and more.
- Wibaux Park, between South Strevell Ave. and Winchester Avenue, was established in 1915 by Pierre Wibaux. The Froggy Kiddy Pool is the main summer attraction. It has a covered picnic area, restrooms, playground, picnic tables, and lots of green for your enjoyment.
- Milwaukee Park, on Lincoln Street, has a Disc Golf (Folf) Course for all ages.
- Bender Park, on North Montana and Alice Streets, has 3 softball fields and a small playground.
- Pumping Plant Park is located in the front yard of the WaterWorks Art Museum, at 85 Waterplant Rd. It is a beautiful park with lots of shade and picnic tables.
Area Places of Interest
- The Yellowstone Jewel
The Yellowstone Jewel is nestled in the historically significant Yellowstone River Valley. It’s only 7½ miles out of Miles City, Montana on Valley Drive East (Highway 10). The Yellowstone Jewel can also be reached by taking Exit #148 off Interstate 94. The trail leads you past the Buffalo Gap up to the high bluffs overlooking where General George Custer and the 7th Cavalry camped on June 15, 1876. You will enjoy boundless vistas of the Yellowstone River valley and beyond. For more information and history, visit their website
- Named for the Sioux chief who camped his people nearby, Spotted Eagle offers a perfect place for walks, non-motorized boating, swimming, picnics, fishing or a scenic drive. The site has picnic tables, grills, a trap and skeet shooting area, horseshoe pits, a nature trail and a snowmobile trail. Make sure to spend some time at this truly wonderful place. The entrance is behind the Eastern MT Fairgrounds on Garryowen Road and Pacific Avenue.
- Pirogue Island is located along the north bank of the Yellowstone River. It’s an excellent area for bird watching, fishing, and picnicking. Facilities include Interpretive Trail, latrine, benches, and picnic areas. To get there, take MT Hwy 59N one mile to the top of Yellowstone Hill and turn right on the Kinsey Hwy #489, for 2 miles. Follow the signs to Pirogue Island State Park.
- On the Baker road, MT Hwy 12 at the 12 mile marker, are the Strawberry Hills, a 4200 acre recreation area, great for hiking, climbing, and primitive camping. Be sure to watch for snakes and check for ticks.
- The highest point in the vicinity is Signal Butte (3,051 feet / 929.94 meters above sea level), said to have been used by native Americans for communication, but used for decades by radio and sometimes TV antennas. Signal Butte lies at the edge of an area of badlands, a striking arid vista of eroded sedimentary soil, sporting multi-colored layers exposed by the erosion. The land contains sandstone formations in the midst of sagebrush and cedar trees growing in a soil that turns to gumbo when wet.
- Airport Hill is the elevated bluff of the north bank of the Yellowstone River, and Paragon Pit is a remote area of the north bank opposite of Fort Keogh frequented by teenagers over the years.
- Twelve Mile Dam spans the Tongue River and attracts teens in the summer for water sport. Being shallow, the Tongue River is often used for tubing, fishing, and just enjoying.
- Shortly after the deaths of Colonel George Armstrong Custer and Colonel Myles Keogh, one of his officers at the Battle of the Little Big Horn on June 25, 1876, General Nelson A. Miles was sent to the area with orders to establish a fort. Miles selected a strategic site where the Yellowstone and Tongue Rivers meet from which to conduct a military campaign against the Indians. On July 22, 1876, Congress established the Fort Keogh Military Reservation. Miles succeeded in his mission – by the early 1880’s most of the tribes had surrendered and were moved onto reservations. In 1907, all infantry troops were removed, and 2 years later the fort became a remount station of the U.S. Army. Fort Keogh supplied thousands of horses for World War I. In 1924, the station was turned over to USDA. Since then it has been making history as a living laboratory for scientists developing management plans that improve beef production and ultimately meat quality. Today, 45 permanent employees are involved in research activities. Twelve are
with ARS, and 33 are with the Montana Agricultural Experiment Station.
- Across the highway from Fort Keogh is the site of a state fish hatchery, and nearby, a double humped butte is known locally as “Camelback”.
- Miles City lies at the mouth of the north flowing Tongue River as it empties into the eastward flowing Yellowstone River. Both rivers are fished regularly, but yield mostly catfish, carp and a junk fish known locally as “shiners”. Many local reservoirs are stocked with edible fish from the hatchery in Miles City.
- Matthews Recreation Area if great for bird watching, fishing, and wildlife viewing. You can launch canoes and kayaks on the Yellowstone River, but currently there is not a boat launch. Facilities include restrooms, picnic tables, fire pits, standing grills, interpretive kiosk, handicap-accessible fishing platform, and a cement walking path. It is a ‘pack-in, pack-out’ area. Take Hwy 10 east out of Miles City approximately 1 mile, then northeast 9 miles.
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With the formation of a Fort at Miles City and the families migrating west, the Ursuline Nuns from Toledo, Ohio, responded to the request by Bishop Brondel to start a safe place for the children to attend school, and also help start a school for the Cheyenne Indians. Some of the ranches around Custer County, which was originally four counties combined, were very scattered, with no schoolhouses or teachers. It was decided to erect a building in Miles City, where the nuns could teach children, and also board them, as most came from the ranches.
The original 1884 school was located on the south side of town and burned in 1897. In 1902 the townsfold, with the aid of the Catholic Church, gathered donations and had plans drawn up for a new brick building at least three stories high. It took 3-4 years to build the present Convent, with its beautifully carved woodwork and fancy windows. The stately structure is a work of art for those early times, and most would appreciate a tour of such and old building, which can be arranged. There is no charge to view the convent’s history room, the fancy parlor, music rooms, and community meeting rooms, which were originally classrooms. There is also a small Chapel, with a tower to the 2nd floor. The Ursuline Convent is a beautiful monument to early settlers of Miles City, now maintained by third and fourth generations.
Walk-ins welcome for a self-guided tour-
Monday – Friday 10am – 3pm
Spaces for Rent:
- Office Space
- Conference Rooms
- Storage Rental
- Craft Work Areas
- Organization Headquarters
Community Hospitality Services:
- Reception Areas
- Small Chapel for weddings
- Large Group Meetings
- Kitchen for catered meals
- Dining Room
- Tours Available
- Country Store (Donation of used items are accepted)
Established in 1902, the mission of the Miles City Public Library is to provide free access to information, educational and recreational materials, and lifelong learning opportunities.
Miles City was a legendary cattle town in eastern Montana and the “end of the trail” for many longhorn cattle drives, from Texas, in the 1890′s. With the disappearance of the buffalo, completion of the railroad through Miles City, and the rich virgin grasslands found there, cattle and ranching became the prime occupation of its’ inhabitants. While towns may have been fewer and farther between, most had a store where one could at least buy a saddle, and the larger cities boasted one or more custom saddle-making shops. However, two saddleries in particular helped make a relatively small Montana cowtown at the end of the Texas trail famous.
Al Furstnow, learned the saddlery business from his father. At age 19, he worked for Collins in Cheyenne in 1881. He worked in Miles City for Goettlich for about a year starting in 1883 and then for Collins in Omaha in 1884. He bounced around to Cheyenne and San Francisco and then came to work in Miles City for Robbins and Lenoir in 1894. In August, he opened Furstnow’s Saddle Shop with himself as the sole employee. In December, his shop got a boost in capital and another able business mind when Charlie Coggshall bought a half-interest.
Charles E. Coggshall, who had been ranching with his father, disposed of his livestock and in December of 1896, they bought out the stock of Moran and W. J. Zimmerman, whom Moran had taken on as a partner in an attempt to stay in business. Furstnow and Coggshall added workers and became the only major saddlery between Billings and Dickinson, ND. In 1899, Furstnow and Coggshall split up, forming a rivalry that lasted well into the 20th Century. Charles E. Coggshall was a strict taskmaster from the old school of hard work and incredible quality. He had the amazing ability to employ the best craftsmen anywhere. Although Charles himself was not a saddlemaker, his years of experience as an avid horseman enabled him to recognize the virtues of a good saddle. Improvements and changes were constantly being made over the years. Under his guidance the Montana Saddle Tree was perfected. He was also responsible for improvements including the swell fork and flat-plate rigging. But what he and Furstnow are both credited with is making thousands and thousands of saddles.
In a highly successful effort to help fill the world’s need for saddles, the firms started by Al Furstnow and Charlie Coggshall blended assembly line techniques form back East with custom care exercised by the one-man shops of the West. The two large local saddleries employed dozens of men who came to specialize in various aspects of making this most necessary of cowboy tools. Some saddlemakers made four to six saddles per week and some stayed in the business long enough to make 2,000 to 3,000 saddles.
In 1909, things started happening in the local saddle business. Coggshall employee Clem Kathmann, along with Frank Jelinek and Bert Coleman, bought out Coggshall and formed the Miles City Saddlery Co. In 1910, Al Moreno, a highly talented stamper from California joined Furstnow in his new building. Furstnow was turning out about 800 saddles per year at that point. Both saddleries steadily built their businesses up to a peak in the late teens. In 1916, the Miles City Saddlery made 1,937 saddles. At the outbreak of World War I, two dozen men were employed in the shop. Between 1910 and the Depression years of the 1930′s there were as many as 40 saddle makers working in Miles City. Toward the end of the peak, in the teens, the range started closing up and there was a corresponding decline in the need for saddles. The Depression ignored need. There was simply no one buying saddles. Some cowboys, reportedly, had to bring their saddles back because they had no means of paying for them.
Of Miles City Saddlery, Coleman died in 1917 and Kathmann in March of 1936 leaving Jelinek sole proprietor until former bookkeeper Joe Conway bought him out in 1939. In 1954, Joe Conway handed the business down to his sons, Dick, Bob, and Luke Conway. Merv Fuller, and son-in-law and daughter, Tat and Tamara Cain, bought the business in 1962, and former Conway employee, Carl Wilson, bought the Coggshall saddlemaking end of the endeavor in 1961. Wilson closed shop in 1982. The photo above was taken in the 1940′s and shows the thriving times. The Miles City Saddlery was located next to the Range Riders Bar-Cafe shown in this photo. In 1989, Jack and Mary Lou Deibel bought Miles City Saddlery from Tat and Tamara Cain and saddlemaking in Miles City was revived. In 1997, they started building hand-made custom saddles again under the Miles City Saddlery name. Significantly, the most talented craftsmen in the industry have once again surfaced in Miles City. With the re-issue of some of the saddles that made Miles City Saddlery famous, such as No.l, and No. 11, and with plans to build others, the success of saddlemaking has returned to the historical cowtown of southeastern Montana.
A short course designed for new players and youngsters. Local schools have already incorporated disc golf into their PE curriculum. Installed by local non-profit, Milestown Community Improvement, Inc.
Built in 1936, the historical theatre, now digital, shows 2 movies nightly and weekend matinees.
The seating configuration is a long narrow layout with a regular raked floor in the front 2/3 of the auditorium, with stadium-style seating in the back. The walls are covered in cloth tapestries which are all original, along with many of the lighting fixtures in the auditorium and lobby.
They also have a Children’s Matinee Series every summer.
Murdoch’s is proud to have 26 stores spanning four states. Our family of stores is staffed with more than 1,100 dedicated employees—all friendly, knowledgeable folks who are there to help!
At Murdoch’s, we’re committed to embracing change and opportunity, and listening to what our customers have to say. Today, we’re plum tickled about the happenings headed our way, namely the grand opening of our online store. Welcome to the next chapter in our story…
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We’ve got the goods. Murdoch’s Ranch & Home Supply is a store built with good products and good values by good people. We hold our employees, supplier-partners and products to the highest standards, while ever seeking to build mutual respect. We strive to maintain the values and principles that have guided us from the beginning. We are committed to family, working with a positive attitude, embracing change and delivering value—and our products represent just that.
Our shelves are stocked with things that are built to last, make life easier, and are just what you need…good and useful stuff for everyday living. You’ll find plenty of variety in the thousands of products that make up our departments: Ag Supplies and Fencing, Animal Health and Feed, Tools, Automotive, Pet, Footwear, Clothing, Hardware, Lawn and Garden, Tack, Gifts and Toys.
Our customers know the value of quality and a hard-earned dollar. We love that they choose Murdoch’s time and again. Nothing makes us happier than seeing a smile on the face of our customers when they walk through our doors and when they leave, having found more than what they were after
- The Home of the Bert & Mamie Clark Gun Collection
- Fort Keogh Officers Quarters
- Coach House
- Homestead House
- One-Room School
- Charles Russel Gallery
- And more…
Hours and Season of Operation
Season: April 1-October 31
Hours: 8-5 Daily, April 15th – October 31st.
Cost: $7.50 Adults
$5.00 Seniors over 65
$3 High School and College Students
$1 Grade School students
Our beautiful venues:
- Memorial Hall will seat 300 for a staged concert, or 200 to dine at tables
- “The Yard” -a generous, landscaped space nestled behind Memorial Hall and the log cabins. The Yard is very popular for barbecues, weddings – any outdoor event!
- “The Steeple” -A historic steeple, on the grounds, is the perfect venue for a small outdoor wedding.
We are a full line sporting goods store. We offer quality products at a competitive price. We carry products for any of your sporting or hunting needs. We specialize in Guns, Ammunition, Camping, Archery, Fishing, Athletics, and Team Sales and appreciate the opportunity to serve you.
We provide the broadest selection of top quality sporting equipment available at the very best prices anywhere.
Located in the heart of Southeastern Montana, we are well acquainted with the sportsman’s needs and have provided service for over 35 years.
We have a wide variety of sporting equipment. We sell Browning, Winchester, Ruger, Smith & Wesson and many more brand name products.
To offer our customers a fun and innovative shopping experience that is recognized by them, our competitors, our industry partners and ourselves as one that consistently exceeds the highest standards of the industry in custome…r service, product selection, quality support services and most importantly, value. To establish and maintain long-term mutually rewarding relationships with the amazing variety of people who are now or soon will be participating in power sports activities, and to become thoughtful and positive corporate citizens of the local communities in which we all live and work. To achieve our goals by recognizing and providing for the most critical interests and needs of our customers, our employees and our industry partners, working diligently and honestly to align the desires of them all in order to ensure our success.
Riverside Marine & Cycle is an industry leader in the powersports market, specializing in quality product and superior service. We pride our selves in customer satisfaction! Contact us today for a powersports experience you won’t forget!
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Created in 1957, the Town and Country Club is a semi-private golf, social, and dining facility. The course, lounge and restaurant are open to the public. Memberships are available. The city and the club are noted for our western hospitality.
- Nine-Hole Golf Course with 18-hole tee box set up
- Motorized and pull carts and club rental
- Full driving, putting, and practice facility
- Lessons, Junior program, Member leagues
- Club House & Pro Shop
- Full Bar and Public Lounge
- Public Restaurant & Dining Facility
- Special Functions
- Memberships available
The Miles City Volksmarch is part of the American Volkssport Association (AVA).
There are 3 Volksmarches in the Miles City area:
Year Round Event – Frontier Town
Dates: 5/1/2015 – 9/30/2015
Event – Distance: 98090 – 2014/Y1079 – 10k Mail
Starting Point & Instructions: Short Stop Gas & Convenience Store – 16 N. 7th St, Miles City, MT 59301
Host Club: Miles City Volksmarch
Contact: Linda Wolff: email@example.com (406) 853-2516
Year Round Event – Strawberry Hill
Dates: 5/1/2015 – 9/30/2015
Event – Distance: 98089 – 2014/Y0309 – 10K
Starting Point & Instructions: Holiday Inn Express, just off exist #138, Miles City, MT 59301
Host Club: Miles City Volksmarch
Contact: Linda Wolff: firstname.lastname@example.org (406)853-2516
Year Round Event – Terry MT Historic Tour
Dates: 5/1/2015 – 9/30/2015
Event – Distance: 98088 – 2014/Y0692 – 10k
Starting Point & Instructions: Kempton Hotel, 204 Spring Street, Terry, Montana 406-635-5543
Club: Miles City Volksmarch
Contact: Linda Wolff: email@example.com (406)853-2516
What Is Volkssporting?
Volkssporting started in Germany and simply defined, is a personal fitness sports and recreation program offering noncompetitive walks, hikes, bike rides, swims, and in some regions cross-country skiing. You may choose your time to start within the start/finish “window” and participate in the sport at your own pace. Walking – also called “volksmarching” – is the most popular of all the volkssporting activities.
Volkssporting in the United States is sponsored by the American Volkssport Association (AVA) which has a nationwide, grassroots network of about 300 active clubs presenting more than 3,000 volkssporting events each year. Founded in 1976, AVA is an educational nonprofit 501(c)3 corporation dedicated to promoting fun, fitness and friendship.
Year-Round and Nationwide
Volkssporting events take place throughout the year, all around the country. Historic and scenic sites are selected for their enjoyment. Trails are carefully laid out and marked and easy to follow directions or maps are provided. Trails are rated based upon the challenge the route presents. The designated Start Point is open for several hours to allow you to begin your volkssporting adventure at your leisure. Trails have checkpoints along the route and are monitored for security and safety. In the volkssporting tradition, you frequently find volkssporters gathered at the Finish Point where they take time to enjoy friends, and at some events, entertainment or refreshments. Membership Open to everyone, local club or national membership is optional, but highly recommended. Join the AVA today! Go to the http://www.ava.org homepage and use the membership link.
Open to everyone, local club or national membership is optional, but highly recommended. Join the AVA today! Go to the http://www.ava.org homepage and use the membership link.
Volkssporting As A Lifestyle
Many people adopt volkssporting as part of their lifestyle, and have completed hundreds of events and thousands of kilometers. While most begin walking for fitness (that inevitable medical ‘‘wake-up call”), most continue because of friendships and social benefits. Most participants do take part in the International Achievement Award Program by purchasing record books to record their progress, or receive a special event award that adds to the fun of accomplishment.
The average volkssporter is a “baby boomer,” in his or her mid-fifties, and usually an “empty-nester” either approaching or beginning retirement.
The ratio of female to male participants is about 60%-40%. Approximately 25,000 volkssporters are members of local clubs, with thousands more regularly walking each year.
Past surveys indicate 84% travel out of state on a regular basis to participate in events and that they participate for enjoyment of the outdoors, exercise, health, travel and to enjoy the fun and social aspects of volkssporting. It is not uncommon to find two or three generations at AVA events. Adults with children participate as a family while young adults enjoy more extreme hikes and longer distances.
3,000+ Events Annually
With more than 3,000 events per year, about 1,200 events are ‘live’, with many participants coming together to enjoy a delightful family weekend.
About 1,870 events are self-guided and open every day of the year. AVA’s Starting Point is an annual directory of these events published and sold by AVA.
All AVA events are listed on AVA’s website at http://www.ava.org (Locate Walking Events link.) AVA’s largest events routinely attract thousands of people.
Biennially, the AVA hosts a week-long National Convention, which Volkssporters from all over the world attend.
Sponsor Benefits At Events
Ability to interact with event participants for several hours
Exposure to lucrative senior target market
Increase brand loyalty
Create product awareness
The Art Center’s permanent collection is comprised of two groups of objects and images relevant to this mountain-plains region, the historical collection and the contemporary collection. The historical collection represents the prior and early Montana statehood years; this includes Native American, immigrant settlers and city builders prior to the 1950’s. The contemporary collection begins with the “Early Modernists” of the region from the mid-1900’s through the present.
L.A. Huffman arrived at the new Fort Keogh, Montana Territory in 1879 to take over the “post photographer” position. Miles City became his adopted home until his death in 1931. Huffman made a business of capturing and printing images of the “this last west” frontier that popularized these images across and beyond the continent.
From the inside, circa 1910 concrete vaults of the WaterWorks Galleries give the Custer County Art & Heritage Center the look of a contemporary urban exhibition space. Located in the southeast corner of Montana, Miles City, with a population of under 10,000 citizens, is anything but urban. Since opening in 1977, 10,000 square feet of space has been renovated for exhibitions and education programs. As a cultural leader in southeastern Montana, the Center is a nonprofit organization guided by a philosophy of public service. Our mission is to provide, free of charge, high quality, interpretative exhibits in the visual arts and humanities; educational opportunities and informational services for the general public, schools and civic groups; and proper management of and accessibility to exhibited visual artworks, including the Center’s permanent collection, held in public trust.
Visit our Museum Store, featuring many new pieces, including handmade cards, ceramics, books, and art.