Located in the rolling plains of north central
Montana, Havre was founded more than 100 years ago.
Havre, a rural agricultural city, is situated close
to the Canadian border amidst the wide panorama of
the open plains. Also a railroad town, it offers
modern city conveniences in a remote setting,
surrounded by unaltered and uncluttered plains. The
economy is diversified with farming, ranching,
hospital and health services, education, professional
and retail businesses and the railroad.
Havre is surrounded by the Milk River,
wheat fields and the Bears Paw Mountains at an
elevation of 2,494 feet. Self-guided walking tours of
historic sites and homes in downtown Havre are
available from the Chamber of Commerce (265-4383). Also, Havre is the home of Montana State
Buffalo Jump & Archaeology Site (265-6417 or 265-4000) is one of
the largest prehistoric Indian bison kill- and camp-sites. The site was
frequently used from approximately 2,000 to 600 years ago. Discovered
in the fall of 1961, the site, situated on county land, has been kept
in its natural state. The walking tour provides a unique and unequaled
view of the area’s cultural history.
Havre Beneath the Streets (Historical Underground Tour, 265-8888) is
a re-creation of Havre’s history. Step back in time as far as 100
years ago, into the Sporting Eagle Saloon, a turn-of-the-century honkytonk
where cowboys gambled, kicked up their heels and drank good old-fashioned
frontier rot-gut. Saunter along the streets beneath Havre and the Sporting
Eagle Saloon, and visit an opium den (one of three known to have existed
in the early days), a Chinese laundry, bakery, barbershop, an ethnic restaurant,
and of course, a bordello. They all look as they did at the turn of the
Enjoy a guided tour of a military post of yesterday. Historic Fort Assinniboine
(265-4000 or 265-8336), a late 19th-century Army installation, is one
of the oldest in existence and the largest in Montana. Previously the
frontier home of battalions of American infantry and cavalry and the site
of John J. Pershing’s first field assignment, the fort stands today
as a monument to our state’s exciting past. Historic Fort Assinniboine,
complete with preserved buildings, lies six miles southwest of Havre near
the Milk River.
Located on the Holiday Village Mall, just west of Havre, the H. Earl
Clack Museum (265-4000) gives an accurate picture of the history and development
of Havre and the Hi-Line area. The museum features an archaeological excavation
of a buffalo jump and a detailed explanation of a buffalo-kill. Four dioramas
grace the museum, one by nationally known artist, Bob Scriver.
In the Bears Paw Mountains to the south is Beaver
Creek Park. This 10,000-acre park, one of the largest
county parks in the United States, features rolling
grasslands, wooded groves, rocky cliffs and rushing
streams. The Rocky Boy’s and Fort Belknap
Indian reservations are nearby.