Reed Point, Montana is a sleepy little town that leaves you feeling that you’ve stepped way back in time, as you walk its main street.  Once a booming town of homesteading sheep raisers from Norway, Sweden and Germany, drought soon convinced the new settlers that they were not given enough land (320 acre allotment) to make a living, and most began the migration farther west.

IMG_6241Now all that’s left is a few small businesses, some farmers and a friendly RV park.

We spent the night at the Old West RV Park.   The park is owned by a young couple who live on site.  He was very friendly and even came by later to see if I’d gotten online with the wireless successfully.IMG_6242

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IMG_6245After dinner, we explored the town.  The homesteading began in 1891.  By 1912 Reed Point had a bridge over the Yellowstone, a railroad depot, post office, general store and a one-room log schoolhouse. Progress was on the move!  Once boasting 54 business, there are now only a half dozen or so. 

The Hotel is under renovation currently.  We looked through the antiques shop and glanced into the Saloon, still open for business. IMG_6252

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Two grain elevators stand near the railroad, one still in use (right).

 

IMG_6258 The sidewalks are still made of board.

We had to chuckle when we spotted the town Library.  It’s sign in the door reads “Open Wednesdays, 1-4”IMG_6255

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The only time this little town wakes up now is for it’s annual “Sheep Run”, an autumn festival that still pulls in over 2000 people each year.  I found this photo online: reed Proceeds from the festival go to improving the town. In the past, the sheep drive has paid for a fire truck, refurbished the town library and supported children’s educational programs.map

 

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