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WELCOME TO GLENDIVE, MONTANA
Your Gateway to the Real West.

Tucked among the rolling hills of the prairie, nestled against the time-forgotten badlands and split by the waters of the mighty Yellowstone River, Glendive is unique in many ways.

The trails of history cross at Glendive. Its prehistoric fossil finds are known throughout the paleontological world; its dinosaurs are in various museums throughout the U.S. The Createceous-Paleoncene layers of the earth are clearly visible in Makoshika State Park just out side of Glendive.

As early as 1742, traders were in the area. In 1806 William Clark, one of the leaders of the Corps of Discovery, camped at the present Glendive Creek. By 1880 there was a small settlement of trappers, traders and freighters east of the present town site.

This is a town the railroad built; a small settlement became a permanent town when the first train, from the Northern Pacific Railway, arrived on July 5, 1881. Glendive was incorporated in 1902 and by 1946, had a stable population.

Agriculture has always been a dominant factor in Glendive's economy. Hundreds of families rely on the land to make their living, with over almost one and one-half million acres of land in Dawson County used as farm and ranch land.

Outdoor enthusiasts thrill to the almost limitless possibilities around Glendive. Imagine watching the Milky Way nightly and counting shooting stars to fall asleep, bringing in a hundred pound paddlefish or a trophy buck; digging up fossils from times long past; rafting the nation's longest untamed river; quiet so deep you can hear your soul relax.

Glendive today is an example of steadiness in an uncertain economy for Eastern Montana. The population stays fairly constant, service organizations abound, and the town remains as one of the best places to live in small-town America.

 

HISTORIC DOWNTOWN TOUR

Bell Street Bridge - The Bell Street Bridge represents a crucial link to travel and commerce and serves as a reminder of the time and effort made to keep this corridor open. Built in 1926, the present bridge is the third to span the river in this location. Unlike its predecessors, it was designed to accommodate automobile traffic. Characterized by the "W" configuration made by its truss work, it is one of the longest of its kind in Montana and represents a significant engineering accomplishment.

Water Treatment Plant - The National Register-listed water treatment plant was the city's solution to the water supply and quality problems that it had struggled with from the beginning. Modernization and expansion occurred in 1941 and 1960 but the original sections of the building remain in use.

The Glendive Milling Company - This flour mill represents the historic importance of agriculture to the Glendive-area economy and a local attempt to base an industry on it. The company was incorporated in 1917 and had a board of directors consisting of local businessmen Charles Krug, Frank Kinney, and F. C. Hughes and two Billings businessmen. It was later owned by several parties, greatly enlarged and converted to a feed production plant. It is now the home of Yellowstone Recycling.

Methodist Church - Brynjulf Rivenes designed and Wallace T. Perham built the English Gothic-style First Methodist Episcopal Church in 1909. Notable design features include the crenellated (notched-edged) bell tower, pointed arches and multi-colored brickwork, the beautiful stained glass windows and the massive pipe organ.

 

Krug Mansion - This neoclassical home was built in 1906 and 1907 for millionaire stockman Charles Krug and his family. The 8,000 sq. foot home has twenty-five rooms and is in near-original condition, with grand hallways, elaborate woodwork, two oak fireplaces, and nine bedrooms. The home is on the National Register of Historic Places and was owned and occupied by Krug family members until 1996.

City Hall - The work of Brynjulf Rivenes can again be appreciated in the Glendive City Hall. Constructed in 1914 by Wallace T. Perham, the Neoclassical design once featured an imposing bell tower and grand covered entrance. Still existing today are its beautifully proportioned columns, Ionic-style capitals and elaborate cornice and symmetrical elements.

Masonic Temple - One of Glendive's earliest buildings, the Masonic Temple home to the Burt Johnson Drugstore downstairs and the Masonic Temple upstairs, was dedicated in 1890. Also upstairs, an opera house with a seating capacity of 179 was a welcome addition to Glendive society. A few original design features survive despite extensive remodeling in 1913.

Stipek Building - The 1901 façade of the Stipek building was completely replaced in the 1930s with Carrara glass, glass block, heavy metal framed windows, an angled corner entryway and the word "Lulhaven" spelled out in neon. It is an outstanding representation of the Art Deco style, and the only one in the historic district.

Rivenes-Wester & Krug Buildings - Next to the Lulhaven are the twin buildings designed by Brynjulf Rivenes for his brother David's hardware business and the Krug building next to it between 1909 and 1910. The once identical Neoclassical-style facades are not exactly identical today, but the prominent and decoratively carved capitals remain as evidence that they were a matched set.

BNSF Depot - Glendive's most significant remaining railroad-related building is the Northern< Pacific Railroad Depot which was built in 1922 after the original burned down. This new depot and headquarters was designed by architect O. M. Rognan, and built by Winston-Grant Company, the largest railroad contractor in the northwest at that time. It was constructed of concrete and Hebron brick at a cost of over $200,000.

SPECIAL EVENTS

Frontier Gateway Museum : Located just north of Glendive, the museum offers an original rural schoolhouse, a log cabin, railroad cars, and displays of local history, fossils, old-time stores and World War II memorabilia. Open Memorial Day through Labor Day from 9 am. to 5 p.m. and by request during off-season.
Makoshika State Park : A mile from Glendive is 8,123 acres of primitive terrain where dinosaurs once roamed. Today it belongs to the turkey vultures, coyotes, and deer who forage through the canyons, crags and unique gumbo knobs that form the pristine skyline. Take a self-guided tour that chronicles 74 million years in the Visitor Center, featuring a triceratops skull found in the park.
Cars in The Park: Held annually the last weekend in June, the Badlands Drifters Car Club's vintage car show regularly draws up to 200 vehicles and includes a poker run, dance, craft show and food and drinks on the banks of the Yellowstone.
Paddlefishing : From May 30th to June 15th sportsmen from around the world line up along the banks of the Yellowstone to snag these huge fish, some weighing over 100 lbs. Paddlefish roe is donated to the Glendive Chamber of Commerce for processing into world class Caviar, proceeds from which benefit recreational projects.
DCAU Gallery : Local and area artist are featured prominently in The Gallery, located in Glendive's West Plaza Mall. The Gallery has tours for students, with a different artist featured each month.
County Fair & Rodeo : August of each year brings the Dawson County Fair in Glendive, featuring authentic western fun. Take in the rodeos, a Bump-N-Run and Motocross Race, exhibits, live entertainment and carnival.
Bell Street Bridge Day: Celebrate Glendive's historic Bell Street Bridge on September 15th by taking in the Historic District Tour, craft show, cycle show, live entertainment, food and drinks and more.
Demolition Derbies: Demo Derby's are a popular sport in eastern Montana and Glendive's biggest derby is held annually on the 4th of July.
Hollecker Lake: Located on Highway 16 just north of town, this picturesque park features picnic areas with BBQ pits and a swimming pond. The pond is stocked for good fishing too.
Shopping: Glendive is home to several unique gift and antique shops. Contact the chamber for more details!
Cottonwood Country Club: offers a scenic 9-hole, 3,200 yard public golf course as well as a pro shop, lounge and meeting facilities.
Agate and fossil hunting: Beautiful moss agates are plentiful along the banks of the Yellowstone and fossils wait to be discovered.

Glendive, Montana

Let Your Adventure Begin!

For More Information Contact:
Glendive Chamber of Commerce
313 South Merrill
Glendive, MT  59330
Phone:  406-377-5601
Email: [email protected]

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