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Support our work on #Giving Tuesday!

Posted: December 3, 2019 by extremehistory in Uncategorized

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Every building has a history and a story to tell. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to uncover the history of a house or a historic building, whether it is 50 years old or 150 years old. Experts will share their knowledge on research techniques and you’ll learn how to read maps, research historic photographs, city directories, deed records, and many other tools. We will visit the Gallatin History Museum, tour the Gallatin County Clerk and Recorders Office, and take a short walking tour of a historic neighborhood to better understand the architectural styles and character of historic Bozeman.

When: November 16, 2019 8:30am to 4:30pm
Where: 234 E. Mendenhall Street, Bozeman, MT 59715
Registration: $50 for non-members, $45 for members. Registration fee includes all materials and snacks. Lunch will be on your own.
Space is limited so click here to register early!


History After Dark: Ghosts of Bozeman’s Past!

Posted: October 8, 2019 by extremehistory in Uncategorized
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Ready to encounter the ghosts of Halloween past?

For one night only, The Extreme History Project is bringing such notables as John Bozeman, Joseph Lindley, Lizzie Woods, and Achilles Lamme back from the grave to tell their stories. Hear about their exploits and learn about life in this area as Bozeman struggled to become a town.

Your self-guided journey will take you down Main and Mendenhall streets to meet “soiled doves,” salacious madams, mystic mediums, and other bold inhabitants of this western town. Tales of ghosts, murder and mayhem, frontier justice, brothels, and more will be told by our resurrected dead. This year’s tour will introduce new and intriguing cast members to delight you with their sagas.

This tour is offered Friday, October 18th, at 7:00, 7:10, 7:20 and 7:30 pm. Tickets are $20.

The event is not appropriate for children under the age of 12.
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Saloon Shootings and “Rotgut”?!

Every Wednesday night at 6:00, The Extreme History Project takes visitors on a tour of Bozeman’s historic breweries and saloons.  Bozeman’s first saloons opened within the initial years of Bozeman’s founding in 1864.  These were not the rough and tumble saloons of the western mining camps though, where down-and-out miners drank their sorrows away on a less-than-delectable type of whiskey known as “rotgut.”  No, here in Bozeman we had establishments like the Palace Saloon. With its “handsome bar [and] beautifully papered and pictured walls,” the Palace was known to be the finest drinking establishment west of Chicago.  Bozeman’s saloons were not immune to violence. One night in 1885, Bozeman residents heard three shots fired in rapid succession and when they arrived at the Palace, Neil Lane lay dead on the saloon floor, shot by his business partner following an argument about a prostitute named “Beavertooth.”  Hear this story and others as your guide takes you through a tour of Bozeman’s historic saloons. Along the way, you’ll learn about the buildings that once housed these infamous saloons and come to understand how drinking culture in the United States has changed over time.  Our next Spirits, Suds, and Saloons tour leaves from The Extreme History Project Headquarters at 234 E. Mendenhall on Wednesday, August 14 at 6 pm!
To sign up for a tour, click here!

By Cheryl Hendry, tour guide of the Spirits, Suds, and Saloons tour
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The Spieth and Krug Brewery on Bozeman’s Main Street

Walking Tour Spotlight – Gracious Gables!

Posted: June 26, 2019 by extremehistory in Uncategorized

Travel back in time on Willson Avenue!

The Extreme History Project’s Gracious Gables walking tour, which explores Bozeman’s Bon Ton Historic District, offers more than a lesson in architecture. Much more. Spend an hour on a Sunday afternoon and come away with a deeper appreciation of the events and people who first saw opportunity in the beautiful Gallatin valley.

The Bon Ton District was Bozeman’s most fashionable neighborhood between 1880 and 1930. Men who came west for gold or to make a new life after the Civil War made fortunes in real estate, banking, beef, retail and politics. When W.W. Alderson platted his homestead south of Main Street, he planned for Central Avenue (now Willson) to be a grand boulevard, with beautiful houses on either side. That’s why the neighborhood is known as the Bon Ton District, which in the 19th Century meant “the finest.” Over the years doctors, bankers, politicians, college presidents and several sons of the city’s original founders lived here.

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The Chisholm Family on Porch of Residence in Bozeman, Montana. Left to right, back row: Oliver Perry Chisholm (1843-1912), Sarah Alice Chisholm, Sarah Jane Bishop Chisholm (1846-1905); front row, left to right: Charles B. Chisholm (1874-1945), Oliver Perry Chisholm, II (1883-1967). House is located at 319 S. Willson. Photograph Courtesy of the Museum of the Rockies

Their homes reflected their wealth and status. Although the district is predominately Queen Anne or Colonial Revival, home owners often combined styles to make their homes unique. From the highly ornamented, pink Queen Anne home built by Bozeman’s first sheriff to the simplicity of the townhouse designed by local architect Fred Willson for the founder of the Flying D Ranch, no two houses are similar.

The stories of the residents are as impressive as the homes. These people were doers who founded businesses and touched lives in ways that are still relevant today. Kindness? Think about Julia Martin who served Thanksgiving dinner to the “loose women” at Montana College for over 37 years. Politics? Consider the political career of Nelson Story Junior, son of Bozeman’s first millionaire or Belle McDonald, daughter of former slaves, who lobbied the state legislature while working as a live-in domestic.

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Julia Martin House. Photograph Courtesy of the Museum of the Rockies

These are just a few remarkable stories housed in the Bon Ton District. Theirs were lives of visible success and painful loss. Take a tour to learn more about those who had significant influence on Bozeman and Montana in its early years.

For tour dates and times and to register click here!

Extreme History Project Bus Tours!

Posted: June 7, 2019 by extremehistory in Uncategorized

Historic Virginia City Tour


Join the Extreme History Project for a special, behind the scenes tour of Virginia City, Montana. Receive a personal tour of the historic gold mining town that still looks very much like it did nearly 160 years ago. Once the capital of Montana Territory, Virginia City was the end of the Bozeman Trail in the 1860s. Its nearby goldfields were the attraction of thousands of easterners seeking their fortune in the West. Virginia City’s history is complete with many successes, failures, seedy and exciting characters. Our tour will include a;

  • Personal walking tour of Virginia City hosted by historian Ellen Baumler
  • Visit to nearby Nevada City to enjoy living history and experience the time period of the era
  • Stop at Virginia City’s famous Boot Hill cemetery to visit the final resting place of some of the town’s most famous and infamous citizens

Our trip from Bozeman to Virginia City will be enjoyed aboard a deluxe, state of the art, luxury motorcoach complete with restrooms, footrests, air-conditioning, and Wi-Fi. Walking is required for part of the tour but will be on level ground. Tour is recommended for ages 10-up.

COST: $95 per person/$85 For Extreme History Project Members. To register for the tour  click here.

If you have questions about the tour, contact us at or give us a call at 406-220-2678.

Tour will leave Bozeman at 8:30 a.m. from the parking lot directly behind the Gallatin History Museum and return at approximately 6 p.m.

Historic Crow Indian Agencies – Fort Parker and the Absaroka Agency
The Extreme History Project invites you on an exceptional and informative tour of the original Crow Agencies of Montana. Hosted by Shane Doyle, a Crow tribal member and educational consultant who hails from the current Crow Agency, Montana. You will visit the land that the Crow, or the Apsaalooke people, called home for thousands of years. More specifically, we will visit the sites of the first Crow Indian Agency, Fort Parker and the second Crow Indian Agency, Absaroka Agency. Our tour will include a;

  • Visit to Fort Parker where the first Crow Agency was built in 1869, located just east of Livingston.
  • Lunch at the Museum of the Beartooths in Columbus, MT, where you’ll see artifacts related to the second Crow Indian Agency and learn more about the second agency from Museum Director, Penny Redli.
  • Visit the site of the second Crow Agency located near present-day Absarokee, Montana
  • Stop at the Thomas party memorial/grave where in 1865 a group of travelers on the Bozeman Trail were killed by Lakota warriors.
  • A rare visit to the site of John Bozeman’s death, where he was killed in 1867 along the Yellowstone River.

Our trip from Bozeman into original Crow territory will be enjoyed aboard a deluxe, state of the art, luxury motorcoach complete with restrooms, footrests, air-conditioning, and Wi-Fi.

There will be minimal walking on level ground during the tour. Lunch will be provided for you at the Museum of the Beartooths in Columbus, Montana.

Tour will leave Bozeman from the Gallatin History Museum at 8:30 a.m. and will return at approximately 6 p.m.

COST: $115 per person/$105 For Extreme History Members

To register for this tour, click here. If you have questions about the tour, please contact us at or give us a call at 406-220-2678.

Historic Walking Tours!

Posted: May 21, 2019 by extremehistory in Uncategorized

Are you ready to get outside and take a historic walking tour! We’re excited to kick off the 2019 walking tour season this Memorial Day weekend. Click here for our full schedule of tour dates and times and to sign up for a tour!  We look forward to seeing you on a walking tour!

Check out the short video below to give you a preview of our historic walking tours!

Extreme History is excited to partner with the Bozeman Public Library for their One Book One Bozeman program to offer a NEW walking tour that features Bozeman’s historic red-light district! Click here to secure a free ticket, only 15 spots per tour available!

One Book One Bozeman, is a community reading program and this year the book chosen is Love and Other Consolation Prizes by Jamie Ford.  Ford takes readers back to Seattle’s red-light district to meet three young inhabitants of a high-class brothel. The three characters include Ernest the houseboy, Maisie the madam’s precocious daughter, and a bold scullery maid named Fahn. These three characters wind their way through life in the district. For additional One Book One Bozeman Events, click here.

We are excited to showcase Bozeman’s own historic red-light district and speak to the similarities and differences with Seattle’s district. Join us for this one-hour walking tour that will take you back in time to the Bozeman of 1910. We’ll see where the ladies lived and worked, recounting the lives of the many women who made this district their home. You’ll hear stories of success, failure, independence, and tragedy. These women were not only residents of the tenderloin but they contributed financially to our community. The “restricted” district thrived from the 1870s until the early 20th century when the occupants of the red-light district were forced out and the houses were closed up for good.

We will offer two tours, one on February 16 at 1pm and the second on February February 24 at 1pm. Meet your tour guide in Soroptomist Park located on the corner of Rouse and Main streets. Tour is free and open to the public but you will need to register by clicking here to secure a ticket. There are only 15 spots per tour available so secure your ticket now!

Kicking off the 2019 Lecture Series!

Posted: January 8, 2019 by extremehistory in Uncategorized

Join us January 10, 6pm  at the Museum of the Rockies for our first Extreme History Lecture Series presentation of 2019. Free and open to the public. Arrive early to secure a seat! For the full schedule of presentations, click here.

Before Yellowstone: 11,000 Years of Native Americans in Yellowstone National Park

Doug MacDonald, a professor of Anthropology at the University of Montana, will discuss what archaeological research into nearly 2,000 sites has revealed about the long history of human presence in what is now Yellowstone National Park. MacDonald will explain the significance of important areas such as Obsidian Cliff, where hunters obtained volcanic rock to make tools and for trade, and Yellowstone Lake, a traditional place for gathering edible plants. From Clovis points associated with mammoth hunting to stone circles marking the sites of tipi lodges, “Before Yellowstone” will bring to life a fascinating story of human occupation and use of this stunning landscape.

Thank you to the Greater Yellowstone Coalition for sponsoring this lecture! Please visit Greater Yellowstone Coalition to learn about the important work that GYC does to protect the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem.

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Superfunded: Recreating Nature in a Postindustrial West

Posted: November 14, 2018 by extremehistory in Uncategorized

Join us November 15, 6pm at the Museum of the Rockies for our last Extreme History Lecture Series presentation of 2018. Free and open to the public!

Superfunded: Recreating Nature in a Postindustrial West by Jennifer Dunn

The EPA Superfund program was established in 1980 and over 1,700 locations have been placed on the National Priorities List (NPL).  Superfund sites cover a vast array of environmental damages that contaminate the land and impact the health of citizens across the nation.  Superfund’s goal is to clean up some of the nation’s most contaminated waste sites.  Former mining communities in the Intermountain West were built on a premise of wealth and power fortified by resource extraction.  Mining and smelting generated incredible wealth as well as incredible waste.  The Superfund solution to this waste reveal how governments, communities, and individual perceive and respond to the material consequences of our capitalist and industrial decisions.