Westside Historic District, and Bars and Brothels Walking Tours Hosted by Yellowstone Gateway Museum

YGM.WestsideHist.DistrictTourTwo walking tours are offered weekly through September by the Yellowstone Gateway Museum. The “Westside Historic District: Movers and Shakers” tour are on Tuesdays, 1:00pm, beginning July 9. “Bars and Brothels: Livingston’s Lively Legacy,” are on Thursdays, 5:30pm, beginning July 11. Historic research is augmented by stories and historic photographs from the museum’s collections. Tickets range from $0-$10; more info below.

The Westside Historic District tour begins on the corner of Callender and 3rd Streets, in front of the Livingston Park-County Public Library. 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.20060450647

The Bars and Brothels tour begins at the corner of Park and Main Streets, in front of the Livingston Bar and Grille. The tour features the history of several downtown bars and their owners; the Red Light District on South B Street; and other historic buildings that are part of the bars and brothels’ stories. Learn about 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 approximately 1.5 hours long with multiple stops along the way. Please arrive 15 minutes early if possible. Sturdy shoes, water, sunscreen, and a light jacket are recommended.

Tickets are $10 for adults; $8 for seniors, 62 and up; $8 for students, and free for ages 12 and under. Museum members get $2 off with membership card. Purchase online tickets at www.eventbrite.com or pay cash at tour meeting place, prior to departure.

More tour dates (and tours) may be added in the future. Watch for more information about upcoming programs or contact Karen Reinhart at 222-4184 or kreinhart@parkcounty.org. Visit our Facebook page, yellowstonegatewaymuseum, or our web site, www.yellowstonegatewaymuseum.org.