2009 Alaska travel blog

Havre. MT - Great Northern Fairgrounds - Site 19

Havre. MT - Great Northern Fairgrounds - Site 19, another view

Havre is a train town and this is one of the old...

Havre Beneath the Streets Tour 1 - Motor Service Company

Havre Beneath the Streets Tour 2 - Post Office

Havre Beneath the Streets Tour 3 - one of three remaining skylights...

Havre Beneath the Streets Tour 4 - Holland and Son Mercantile

Havre Beneath the Streets Tour 5 - Wright's Dental Office

Havre Beneath the Streets Tour 6 - Wright's Dental Office - a...

Havre Beneath the Streets Tour 7 - one of the passageways

Havre Beneath the Streets Tour 8 - Sporting Eagle Saloon

Havre Beneath the Streets Tour 9 - two of the originally 27...

Havre Beneath the Streets Tour 10 - the Madam's bed

Havre Beneath the Streets Tour 11 - Bruce Clyde, Dray and Tack...

Havre Beneath the Streets Tour 12 - Casady Blacksmith Shop

Havre Beneath the Streets Tour 13 - Sausage Shop

Havre Beneath the Streets Tour 14 - Pioneer Meat Market

Havre Beneath the Streets Tour 15 - Gourley Brothers Bakery

Havre Beneath the Streets Tour 16 - Boone's Drug Store Pharmacy

Havre Beneath the Streets Tour 17 - Boone's Drug Store soda shop...

Havre Beneath the Streets Tour 18 - Opium den

Havre Beneath the Streets Tour 19 - Wah Sing Laundry

Havre Beneath the Streets Tour 20 - Fountain Barber Shop

Havre Beneath the Streets Tour 21 - Holland and Bonine Mortuary -...

No, this isn't an all day sucker. It's a 32 oz., 15...


On the way to Havre, we stopped in Browning to visit the Museum of the Plains Indian. This is a nicely done museum depicting the life of all of the plains tribes over the last four centuries. They had some wonderful displays showing the authentic, different tools, weapons, clothes, etc. used by the different tribes. Sadly pictures were not allowed so you will have to visit yourself to see them!

We arrived in Havre, MT about 1:00 pm and for the first time this trip, there was no room in the inn. We had planned to stay at Evergreen Campground which is a nice, small, shaded campground about four miles south of Havre. Since it was full we were left with the two remaining campgrounds: a casino right next to the train yards and the fairground which is right next to the main road through town. We decided to stay at the fairgrounds which isn't all that bad and shouldn't be as loud at night as the train yards would be. We have 30 amps and water and they have a dump station so we will be fine, especially since we have good cell coverage and I could get to the satellite. College football starts Thursday night, ya know!!!

After getting set up we went in town for a bite to eat (KFC) and then to Wal-Mart to replenish some badly depleted food stores. It is really a treat to be able to find our favorite brands and at a reasonable price for a change.

Thursday I finally got a haircut. I have been putting it off for weeks but it was just getting tooooo long. I hadn't cut it since before Misty came the end of June.

Afterwards we went to see Havre Beneath the Streets. Havre had a monster fire in 1903 that destroyed most of downtown and a lot more. At that time buildings were made of wood and built with a basement also. After the fire, a good many businesses continued in business by setting up in the basements, thus creating the first underground mall! They opened this area back up again in the 1990s and are using it as a Havre museum. Some of the businesses are the same as they were right after the fire but most have been used to display the early businesses that existed in Havre during early 20th century, complete with authentic tools, furniture, appliances, consumer products, etc. Our tour guide, Mary, did a great job of explaining how everything transpired in those old days and brought it all back to life for us. If you are ever in the area, don't miss this little gem.

Tomorrow we head for Fort Peck, MT, located on Fort Peck Lake. It should also be about a 200 mile drive.

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