Cooke’s annual visitation numbers up from last year

COOKE CITY – The Cooke City Montana Museum opened the door to the Vintage Miner’s Cabin on Sunday Sept. 9, with an open house.

The cabin is fully furnished in the style of a single miner with items original to the area. It’s the only miner’s cabin on display on the Beartooth Highway, according to Cooke City Chamber of Commerce historian Dee Smith.

The cabin is located on the Historical Mining Pathway adjacent to the Visitor’s Center and will be open seven days a week, until it snows. The pathway is also home to large vintage mining equipment from a variety of historic Cooke City area mines.

This historical project is the first phase in the future Cooke City Montana Museum’s extensive historical planning. As part of this process, the Community Building will eventually be home to the museum.

Also in Cooke City historic news, Livingston author Linda Holland’s Images of America: Cooke City, published by Arcadia Press, was released this summer. The book has been popular among locals, tourists, and “the people that love Cooke City,” according to Donna Rowland, Cooke City Chamber Executive Director and Community Council Clerk.

As of Sept. 3, the Cooke City Visitors Center had seen 15,500 visitors this summer—up from last year’s 13,588 season total, Rowland said.   E.S.