The Range Riders Museum was founded in 1939. In the past 70 years, our Museum has grown to include 13 buildings housing a total of over 38,000 square feet of display area. The museum’s 13 acres also presents numerous historic buildings for visitors to observe and enjoy.
Our exhibits are as old as the dinosaurs – literally! The exhibits cover: the dinosaurs; the history of the Native Americans who lived in this area for millennium; the soldiers and the pioneers who took over this harsh land. And on a more modern note, there are the plaques, which are unveiled each Spring in the Memorial Hall.
The Museum is fortunate in many ways:
- Every item, building, monument and windmill has been donated.
- We are not dependent on tax dollars for our support.
- We are governed by a Board of Directors that is responsible to the Museum only.
- We are fortunate to have wonderful patrons, who we really can’t thank enough.
- Our good fortune also extends to our long-time Curator, Bob Barthlemess, and his daughter Bunny Miller, the current Curator. Bob is a third generation Miles Citian and Montanan, which makes his daughter a fourth-generation Miles Citian and Montanan. In fact, his grandfather (her great grandfather) Christian Barthlemess, was stationed at old Fort Keogh and served as a musician, photographer and trooper. Some of his amazing photographs are on display in the museum, and they accurately depict the area in days gone by.
So, folks, enjoy your on-line tour of the Range Riders Museum in Miles City, Montana — and please be sure to come visit us in person whenever you can. We have lots of history to show you when you visit. Our website can display only a small fraction of the exhibits you will see when you visit in person. An in-person visit to the museum also gives visitors a uniquely enjoyable ‘feel’ of the exhibits and buildings.