770 Railroad Hwy, Huntley, MT 59037
Contact: Kelli Maxwell – Director
“A Thousand Smiles and a Million Memories Await You”
Visit www.huntleyprojectmuseum.org for more details.
In the spring of 2012 the Huntley Project Museum will begin the construction of a turn of century town site and homestead site. The TIIP Grant awarded the museum with $22,500 for this project. The museum will also use donations and savings to complete the entire development.
Scope of the Project
A total of nine buildings will be moved to join the current doctor’s office and bank on the north side of the canal. The town site will utilize five museum owned buildings, it will feature a mercantile, post office, church, barbershop, and theater. The remaining four buildings will be arranged to simulate an early homestead including; a 1910 homestead house, log cabin, barn with corral, and chicken coop. A raised boardwalk will be constructed to lead visitors from the main museum center to the old fashioned town site.
Stage One-Early Spring 2012
Currently foundations are being excavated and poured by RL Schaff Concrete Construction LLC.
Stage Two- Spring 2012
Wiley Crandall of Outwest Lifters will move the buildings onto their respective foundations. Smaller buildings will be moved by museum board members and volunteers under the advisement of board member Bill Kraske.
Stage Three-Summer 2012
Museum board members and volunteers will construct the wooden boardwalk to connect the main museum center to the town site.
The Huntley Project Museum of Irrigated Agriculture tells the unique story of the Huntley Irrigation Project. With 10.4 acres, 18 buildings, hundreds of farm implements, and thousands of other artifacts on display, the Museum interprets, preserves, restores, and portrays life on “the Project” from the early 1880s to the late 20th century.
Geographically “the Project” is roughly 27 miles long and 5 miles wide – 35,000 acres platted from the town of Huntley (west) to the town of Bull Mountain (east). It is bounded on the east, north, and west by the long, curving arm of the Yellowstone River and to the south by the first rise in the foothills of the distant Pryor Mountains.
Currently undergoing complete restoration at the Museum is the First National Bank of Pompeys Pillar. The Bank was established in 1916, with L.L. Madland as President, and closed in 1928 after the grasshoppers and Mormon crickets decimated the crops at the start of the Depression.
The Huntley Project Museum of Irrigated Agriculture is located between Huntley and Worden, off Highway 312 – the Yellowstone Trail – 18 miles east of Billings and open year around. For more information call 406-348-2533 or visit www.huntleyprojectmuseum.org.
The Huntley Project Museum of Irrigated Agriculture (HPMIA) is currently soliciting donations to the museum and future endeavors. The museum is currently exploring a signature event each year. Some ideas that have been tossed around are a yearly car show, (which there is one on Saturday Sept 19, 2009), Night at the museum haunted house, winter ice rink, or annual party. Either way, the museum has an active and enthusiastic board of directors and staff looking to the future of the Museum.
There are many ways to donate! Please spread the word to those who might be interested. As there are many ways to donate, here are but a few: part of an estate; end of year donation; part of a legal will; materials and supplies; your talents and expertise; etc!
We know that there are veterans in the community that have a lot of time, experience, and knowledge! We would also like to encourage all volunteers to spend some time whether it be two hours, four hours, or a whole day at the museum. As there is an abundance of information, history, culture, and pride in the Huntley Project museum, please think about ways that you can help one of your 4 Yellowstone County Museums. Every donation is appreciated.
For more information on how you can participate and support the museum and efforts, please contact Neal Gunnels (Museum Curator) at 406-348-2533.