Welcome to the Emigrant, Montana Town Picture Tour
Jim Bridger (the famous scout and mountain man) wintered with the Crow Indians near Emigrant in 1844-45. In the three decades after Lewis and Clark, this area as well as much of the mountain west was actively trapped by hundreds of men, primarily for beaver. In the decades starting 1840 and 1850, the trapping activity largely ceased because of lack of beaver demand due to the changed styles and the country being trapped out. Gold was discovered in Emigrant Gulch in 1863. By the fall of 1864, several hundred men were working claims there. When winter came, 75 log huts were built at the mouth of the gulch and the town named Yellowstone City.
To learn more about the origin of the names for the peaks and towns in the area be sure to read the the Emigrant Historical Marker in the picture gallery below. Don’t miss the historical information from The B Bar Ranch in the Tom Miner Basin. Their webpage has some great history on the area around Emigrant, Montana
To see some beautiful overhead pictures of Livingston and the Paradise Valley visit parkcounty.org