Are you like me and moved to Bozeman not too long ago? Today I decided that a road trip to Whitehall was in order.

Fifty-nine miles from Bozeman you will find this unique little town, with a population of less than 20,000 people. When I first pulled in I noticed how many vehicles had mountain bikes hanging from them...I think there is a trail I need to find!

As I was driving through downtown I was immediately in awe of the paintings on the historical buildings. Who was the artist that drew them? How long had they been there? One was dated back to August 1, 1805 by Sergt. Patrick Gass of the Lewis & Clark Expedition..."Our course lay across a large mountain on the north side, over which we had a fatiguing trip of about 11 miles. We then came to the river again and found it ran through a handsome valley...". What was the significance of Lewis & Clark in this town? Perhaps those bicyclist were taking that 11 mile trip? 

I also noticed the picture above the theatre. Are you like me and love to see what it looks like inside, and what its story is? The marquee states that Raya and the Last Dragon is showing on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights. I think another road trip might have to happen sooner rather than later, so I can get in and take a look around! 

A saloon with its name painted on the side of the old, red brick and mortar building really takes you back in time. There was a local shop showcasing handmade pieces, like the dog in the above picture, that was created by a local artist named Doug. I would love to know how he comes up with his designs, using old scraps of anything metal or steel. Leaving town I spotted the ball diamond and I instantly thought of my son. He would love to be here right now. Running the bases, trying to get a home run, and admiring the mountain views. 

If you have been here or not. I would recommend stopping in to study the paintings on the side of the buildings, check out the Jefferson Valley Museum, and learn about this towns history. It is the history of small towns that gets me. How about you? 

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