Three historic walking tours are offered weekly from July 12 through September 9 by the Yellowstone Gateway Museum in Livingston. The “Ghosts and Ghost Signs” tour is set for Mondays, 7:00pm. The “Westside Historic District: Movers and Shakers” tour is held on Tuesdays, 7:00pm. "Bars and Brothels: Livingston’s Lively Legacy,” is held on Thursdays, 5:30pm. Historic research is augmented by stories and historic photographs from the museum’s collections. Tickets range from $0-$10; more information below.
New this year, the Ghosts and Ghost Signs Tour begins outside the Livingston Depot, facing Park Street on Monday evenings. Tour goers discover 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.
The Westside Historic District: Movers and Shakers tour begins on the corner of Callender and 3rd Streets, in front of the Livingston Park-County Public Library, on Tuesday evenings. The tour features more than 30 homes and businesses, the stories of the movers and shakers that helped build Livingston, including those living along “Banker’s Row” or Yellowstone Street, and more. A tour option adds sites in Sacajawea Park.
The Bars and Brothels tour begins at the corner of Park and Main Streets, in front of the Livingston Bar and Grille, on Thursday evenings. The tour features the history of several downtown bars and their owners; the Red Light District on South B Street; and other historic buildings. Learn how bars reinvented themselves during Prohibition from 1918-1933; what changes occurred for long-standing brothel operations in 1948; the Livingston “Riot” of 1985 that erupted in the alley behind the Wrangler and the Longbranch, and more.
Tours are led by museum staff and volunteers. Each tour is about 1.5 hours long with multiple stops along the way. Please arrive 10 minutes early if possible. Sturdy shoes, water, sunscreen, and a light jacket are recommended.
Tickets are $10 for adults, including seniors; $8 for students and museum members with membership card; and free for ages 12 and under. Purchase online tickets at www.eventbrite.com or pay cash at tour meeting place, prior to departure.
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