Yellowstone Gateway Museum staff and volunteers offer three weekly historic walking tours through September in Livingston, beginning July 10. The Historic Architecture: Downtown Livingston tour is held on Monday evenings, 5:30pm; Local Bars and Brews is offered on Tuesdays, 4:00pm; and Ghosts and Ghost Signs is held on Thursdays, 5:30pm. Historic research is augmented by stories and historic photographs from the museum’s collections. Purchase online tickets at www.eventbrite.com or pay cash at meeting place prior to tour. All tours meet in front of the Depot, downtown Livingston, facing Park Street.
New this year, the Historic Architecture: Downtown Livingston tour is on Mondays, 5:30pm. Enough wealth and development accompanied the Northern Pacific Railroad and the newly emerging tourist industry at the end of the 1800s and early 1900s that Livingston’s commercial downtown area was a well-built, thriving, mini-metropolis. Now, over one hundred years later, there is charming evidence of the town’s rich history. The tour features architecture that parallels the town’s development, including architectural styles from Early Western, Victorian, the more moderate Progressive Era, Neoclassical/Classical Revival, a few Art Deco, Art Moderne, Mid Century Moderns, and more. New architecture declined as the railroad gradually ended passenger service to Yellowstone post WWII and closed its large shops. Tickets $10-15 at www.eventbrite.com or pay cash before the tour.
The Local Bars and Brews tour is offered weekly on Tuesdays, 4:00pm. Guide shares stories and photographs inside four to five bars while participants taste local Montana craft beers. A different beer is featured at each stop. The tour features the history of several downtown bars and their owners, how bars reinvented themselves during Prohibition, the Livingston “Riot” during the 4th of July in 1985, and madams and working girls who worked on South B Street’s Red-Light District and beyond. Tickets $25, includes beer tasters at each stop, at www.eventbrite.com or pay cash before the tour. Must be at least 21 years old to participate in the bars tour.
The Ghosts and Ghost Signs tour begins on Thursdays, 5:30pm. Tour goers discover more than two dozen ghost signs on historic buildings in Livingston, Montana's downtown, revealing interesting stories associated with businesses and entrepreneurs of the past. This journey through time weaves through main streets and alleyways, and includes a few ghost stories. Tickets $10-15 at www.eventbrite.com or pay cash before the tour.
Architecture and Ghosts and Ghost Signs tours are approximately 1.5 hours. The Local Bars and Brews tour is 2 hours long. Please arrive 10 minutes early if possible. Sturdy shoes, water, sunscreen, and a light jacket are recommended.
Tour tickets for Historic Architecture: Downtown Livingston, and Ghosts and Ghosts Signs, are $15 for adults, $10 for ages 6-12. Tickets for Local Bars and Brews are $25, including beer tasters. Purchase online tickets at www.eventbrite.com or pay cash at tour meeting place, prior to departure.
Gardiner Historic Walking Tours are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:00pm, through September. Meet in small park (not Arch Park) near Roosevelt Arch. For tickets and more information, visit www.eventbrite.com.
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