Historic Places Montana


The Cooke City area is rich with stories and historic sites to visit. There are unique opportunities to peak into the past with mining towns, historic trails, and buildings that date back to the 1800s.

Visit the Cooke City Museum

With 10 permanent and one revolving exhibit, the Museum provides an insightful look into the history of Colter Pass, Cooke City and Silver Gate. From the early mining days to 1930s tourism, the interactive screens, photographs and artifacts tell it all. In the Summer months come and enjoy the scenery and history in our backyard exhibit complete with an old miners cabin and mining equipment.

Learn more about our area's unique history.

Visit Daisy and Lulu Pass

As soon as you leave the highway, you are there! Of particular note is the view from the top of Daisy and Lulu Pass, There are only a few historic ruins left from the New World Mining District. The entire area of Daisy and Lulu Pass has been part of a large reclamation project designed to restore devastation and poor water quality caused by historic mining activity.

Visit Clarks Fork Trailhead

Take a tour of the historic mining area once owned by Doc Tanzer of the Western Power and Smelting Company. Interpretive signs give a glimpse into the workings of this once grand mining investment.



Visit the Nez Perce National Historic Trail Interpretive Site 

Visit the Cooke City General Store (Pictured above right)

This building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2011, marking its 125th year in business. It can be seen in every downtown photo of Cooke City since 1886.