Jefferson Valley Museum

Jefferson Valley Museum Historical displays and information about the Jefferson Valley. Mailing Info: Box 902 Whitehall, MT 59759 Research material also available.
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Open Memorial Day Weekend through September 15th, Noon to 4:00 PM
Admission: Free, donations are welcomed. To preserve the past for use in the future is the mission of the Jefferson Valley Museum as it depicts the history and heritage of the Jefferson Valley. This area was once home to Native American tribes, fur trappers, miners and homesteaders who took to raising horses, cattle and produced for

the area's mining camps. By the turn of the century, the Northern Pacific Railroad arrived, followed by the Milwaukee Railroad, and life the valley changed forever. All this can be rediscovered in the restored 1914 barn located three blocks south from the middle of downtown Whitehall. Genealogy cards are kept for those working on family history. Directions: Jefferson Valley Museum is housed in a restored 1914 barn located three blocks south from the middle of downtown Whitehall. The Museum is also Handicapped Accessible and has restrooms.

Roy Millegan noted that this house was moved to Whitehall from the South Boulder.  It still stands on East First Street.
04/28/2024

Roy Millegan noted that this house was moved to Whitehall from the South Boulder. It still stands on East First Street.

Clyde Akin making a delivery at Mammoth in the South Boulder.
04/22/2024

Clyde Akin making a delivery at Mammoth in the South Boulder.

The cost in 1924 - nearly a year's wages for many people.  Tait's Garage was one of several car dealerships in Whitehall...
04/18/2024

The cost in 1924 - nearly a year's wages for many people. Tait's Garage was one of several car dealerships in Whitehall at that time.

Enjoy watching our 2024 Annual Meeting with speakers Dr. and Katheryn Sacry.
04/10/2024

Enjoy watching our 2024 Annual Meeting with speakers Dr. and Katheryn Sacry.

Historical presentation on the Sacry family and others in the Whitehall and surrounding area.

The 1923 railroad wreck caused by a young boy showing off to friends that he knew how to throw a switch on the line.  On...
04/05/2024

The 1923 railroad wreck caused by a young boy showing off to friends that he knew how to throw a switch on the line. On the right in the white shirt is Dr. Packard trying to save the life of Mr. Barry who was trapped in the wreckage. Mr. Barry refused to let the doctor amputate his leg and thusly died. Mr. Barry is buried in the Whitehall cemetery.

Jefferson Valley Museum ANNUAL MEETING AND PROGRAM.Thursday, April 4th at the Star Theater in Whitehall.  Short museum b...
03/31/2024

Jefferson Valley Museum ANNUAL MEETING AND PROGRAM.
Thursday, April 4th at the Star Theater in Whitehall. Short museum business meeting at 6:45 PM to review the past year. Program begins at 7:00 PM featuring stories about the Sacry family and many others who settled the South Boulder area more than a century ago and still have descendants farming/ranching their ancestors' land. Admission is FREE. Concession stand will be open for those who would like to purchase refreshments.

The bridges at Renova.  The old railroad bridge on the left, vehicle bridge on the right.  Photo courtesy of John Kountz...
03/28/2024

The bridges at Renova. The old railroad bridge on the left, vehicle bridge on the right. Photo courtesy of John Kountz.

Whitehall 7th and 8th grade students, 1924.  The tall young man just to the right of center, front row, in the light swe...
03/21/2024

Whitehall 7th and 8th grade students, 1924. The tall young man just to the right of center, front row, in the light sweater, is Bernard May.

July 1924, probably inside Yotter and Son.  Have your tires and your shoes worked on at one convenient stop in Town.
03/15/2024

July 1924, probably inside Yotter and Son. Have your tires and your shoes worked on at one convenient stop in Town.

A Whitehall tire shop, circa 1924, when type and size were easier to figure out.
03/11/2024

A Whitehall tire shop, circa 1924, when type and size were easier to figure out.

A gathering at Borden's, probably 1950s or early 1960s.  Women are from left to right, Genevieve Taylor, Florence Hanson...
03/05/2024

A gathering at Borden's, probably 1950s or early 1960s. Women are from left to right, Genevieve Taylor, Florence Hanson, Lily Tebay Kinzel and Mrs. Borden. If you recognize the man and know his name, let us know.

Another view of downtown Whitehall, pre-1913.  The center block of town (from Main to Division) will burn to the ground ...
02/29/2024

Another view of downtown Whitehall, pre-1913. The center block of town (from Main to Division) will burn to the ground in 1913. Mr. Huber will be one of the first to rebuild. His building is the only one left from that 1913 rebuild - what we now know at the Star Theater.

Whitehall in the 1890s.  From the left, the one-story building is currently the Two Bit; the two-story brick front build...
02/26/2024

Whitehall in the 1890s. From the left, the one-story building is currently the Two Bit; the two-story brick front buildings are now known for being the Asten Center; liquor store, pawn shop, flower shop. The building that says Jackson's Place would become the Borden corner. Look closely on the bottom half of the photo and you can see where trees have been planted in what will become the city park.

Here is a slightly different view of Yotter and Son looking a little to the northeast with several buildings on the nort...
02/22/2024

Here is a slightly different view of Yotter and Son looking a little to the northeast with several buildings on the north side of Legion. The building on the left, center, is the current location of Tona's bar.

Circa 1924, Yotter and Son service station on Legion Avenue.(Remember the free program at the museum barn on Tuesday, Fe...
02/17/2024

Circa 1924, Yotter and Son service station on Legion Avenue.
(Remember the free program at the museum barn on Tuesday, February 20, 7:00 PM)

Limespur had a boarding house and post office in its heyday. To see this and other area historic mining photos, join us ...
02/11/2024

Limespur had a boarding house and post office in its heyday.
To see this and other area historic mining photos, join us at the museum barn on Tuesday, February 20th, 7:00 PM for our second old-style slide show that put together by Roy Millegan, Sr. back in the 1990s.

Back to Limespur about 1924.  The processing plant for the limestone.  The last of these buildings disappeared some year...
02/03/2024

Back to Limespur about 1924. The processing plant for the limestone. The last of these buildings disappeared some years ago. Many will remember driving by a concrete structure that once stood here.

Riding the rails in the Jefferson Canyon east of Cardwell, circa 1924.
01/29/2024

Riding the rails in the Jefferson Canyon east of Cardwell, circa 1924.

Work crew at the Limespur mine in the Jefferson Canyon, circa 1924.
01/24/2024

Work crew at the Limespur mine in the Jefferson Canyon, circa 1924.

FREE PROGRAM AT THE MUSEUM.If you will be in Whitehall on the evening of January 23rd, stop by the museum barn for an ol...
01/17/2024

FREE PROGRAM AT THE MUSEUM.
If you will be in Whitehall on the evening of January 23rd, stop by the museum barn for an old fashion slide show. Program starts at 7 PM. The slide show was put together by Roy Millegan back in the 1990s and will be presented in the same order that he originally set up. Includes a wide variety of area photos and history including early railroad photos in town and at Homestake.

Whitehall's first purchased fire truck, 1935.  Before this they had a truck that was converted to a fire truck by puttin...
01/12/2024

Whitehall's first purchased fire truck, 1935. Before this they had a truck that was converted to a fire truck by putting a tank with a pump and a hose to spray water. When this truck arrived in town, the fire siren was turned on while the new truck was cruised through town.

Making a trip into town.  Bone Basin is an easy drive from Whitehall today but 100 years ago, it was a long journey.  Sa...
01/05/2024

Making a trip into town. Bone Basin is an easy drive from Whitehall today but 100 years ago, it was a long journey. Sarah Cowdrey made the trip on this cart and was a familiar traveler on local roads.

If you wanted some lively music for a dance party 100 years ago, you might have had the Blu J's play.  Sometimes known a...
12/31/2023

If you wanted some lively music for a dance party 100 years ago, you might have had the Blu J's play. Sometimes known as Tom Greene's Peppers, the tunes were played by Clyde Akin, Tom Greene, Heinie Mockel and Miss Thompson, or, sometimes Mrs. Skorheim.

Whitehall's coronet band lead by Jasper Yotter, circa 1922.  They played for concerts in the town park, at local fairs a...
12/24/2023

Whitehall's coronet band lead by Jasper Yotter, circa 1922. They played for concerts in the town park, at local fairs and July 4th festivities.

Whitehall's early coal silo for the railroad, looking east.  Even though the railroad had a night watchman, locals who c...
12/17/2023

Whitehall's early coal silo for the railroad, looking east. Even though the railroad had a night watchman, locals who could not afford to buy coal would "borrow " a bag or two from here after the sun was down. Everyone knew how much coal they could carry and still out run the guard.

In case you are wishing it would snow, 100 years ago our local railroad crews would have loved having the weather of Dec...
12/10/2023

In case you are wishing it would snow, 100 years ago our local railroad crews would have loved having the weather of December 2023.

Several U. S. Presidents made stops in Whitehall when passenger trains were the way to see the country.  This included P...
12/06/2023

Several U. S. Presidents made stops in Whitehall when passenger trains were the way to see the country. This included President Eisenhower who is shaking hands with Betty Taylor of the Saddle Club

When we still had a train depot (looking east).  The Whitehall depot was completed in 1890.  The first passenger service...
11/30/2023

When we still had a train depot (looking east). The Whitehall depot was completed in 1890. The first passenger service started in June 1890. The depot building was over 100 years old when a fire destroyed it. The grain elevator burned down about 1966, the same day the Wizard of Oz was broadcast on our local TV station.

On the left, the two-story building is the Windsor Hotel before a fire in 1918 destroyed the second floor.  The couple a...
11/25/2023

On the left, the two-story building is the Windsor Hotel before a fire in 1918 destroyed the second floor. The couple are Dr. Packard and his wife Fannie standing in front of their home on First Street. The house is still there (the blue one). The Packards contributed much to the development and advancement of our community.

1897 ad from the Jefferson Valley Zephyr for the Windsor Hotel.  This was located on the northwest corner of Main and Fi...
11/14/2023

1897 ad from the Jefferson Valley Zephyr for the Windsor Hotel. This was located on the northwest corner of Main and First and was a two-story structure. A fire in the early 20th century damaged the second floor and it was removed. The brick front duplex you see today was the main floor of the hotel. Notice that the building is right next to the sidewalk, not set back like a normal residence.

Address

303 S Division Street
Whitehall, MT
59759

Opening Hours

Tuesday 12pm - 4pm
Wednesday 12pm - 4pm
Thursday 12pm - 4pm
Friday 12pm - 4pm
Saturday 12pm - 4pm
Sunday 12pm - 4pm

Telephone

(406) 287-7813

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