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“Great coal mine in the cellar” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Carbon County Historical Society and Museum

Carbon County Historical Society and Museum
Ranked #6 of 20 things to do in Red Lodge
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Owner description: Located in Red Lodge's historic Labor Temple Building, the Carbon County Historical Society and Museum is the county's central source for historic, genealogical, and archival information about Carbon County, Montana. The museum was first established in 1959 by Alice Greenough to house the collection of her world-renowned rodeo family. The Carbon County Historical Society was formed in 1974, and incorporated as a 501(c)3 nonprofit in 1975. In 1990, the three-story Labor Temple building was gifted to the Carbon County Historical Society by an anonymous donor. In 1909 the Labor Temple was completed in Red Lodge on the corner of 8th and Billings Ave (now Broadway). This four-story, 20,000 sq. ft. Labor Temple Building was constructed by the Red Lodge Miners Local No. 1771 for $36,000, using a quarter of a million bricks from the Fromberg brick yard. It once served more than 1,000 union miners in Carbon County. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1983. The historical society received money through grants, and private donations to restore the main floor and basement. In June 1999, the Labor Temple once again opened its doors to the community as the county's museum. The historical society is in the process of raising funds to restore and renovate the top two floors, with a completion date goal of 2017.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Stairs / lift, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
“Great coal mine in the cellar”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2013

Our first visit to Montana and this place was a great introduction to the history and culture of the area.

In some ways it was like visiting your grandparents attic with all the old time stuff - except the labels were very good!

Be sure to visit the cellar which is laid out as a coal mine - the primary reason Red Lodge was founded was the mines.

Nice folks running the place as well, very friendly and chatty. A 'must see' in Red Lodge.

Visited September 2013
2 Thank tridcod
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English first
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Be sure to stop in!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2013

This is a wonderful place to learn the historical background of our lovely mountain town. For a small town, we are packed with historical events and legendary characters that have visited and or lived in our town.

Visited July 2013
2 Thank Debbie-Innkeeper
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Henderson, Nevada
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“Heritage search successful!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2012

My cousin and I were visiting areas that our grandparents had lived in when they first met. The staff at the Carbon County Museum could not have been more helpful. With no advance notice, they searched records while we toured the museum, and found our great-great-grandfather's real estate records and death/burial notice. "He was a 'first resident!" we found out, meaning that he was a registered resident/land owner when the town was first incorporated. We were directed to the mortuary across the street and the owner quickly found the burial plot. For an unplanned, quick side trip, we felt incredibly rewarded. The museum is very impressive for a small town (and we visited several this trip), but the staff reception and service made it memorable. If you have coal mining heritage in your family, then I would definitely recommend this stop. If you are in the area, it will be worth your time to visit.

Visited August 2012
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New England, North Dakota
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“Basement is the best”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2012

Main floor is random stuff, from recently purchased hair pins from Spain to arrow heads. Just random items, some not even about Red Lodge. The lower level is very good, though. It's about the Smith mine disaster. $5 for adults. Took about an hour. The lady did say they were trying to add a whole other floor to the mine section.

Visited October 2012
2 Thank Bdela
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“Morning at the museum”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2012

We really enjoyed the museum. It was a well maintained museum for a town of this size

Visited February 2012
2 Thank bigsky7
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