While in the area we wanted to geocache and visit underground Havre. Our first afternoon we spent geocaching on the way to Beaver Creek County Park. We wanted to see what happened to the campground we stayed at on our previous trip. Well, it has been turned into a 'day use only area.' We did see a camper there, but we weren't sure is it was staying overnight. There were plenty of geocaches from Havre to the park and most of them were in good shape.
The next day we took the Havre Beneath the Streets tour. Havre began as Bullhook Bottoms--a railroad siding for a fast growing area. Original residents voted on a new, more respectable name and shortened Le Havre--the birthplace of one resident's parents--- to Havre. Most locals couldn't pronounce the French Havre so it gained a new pronunciation---'have her.'
In 1903 or thereabouts, the town was burned to the ground by a disgruntled saloon patron. The residents immediately set up shop in their basements as they did not want to lose their prestigious billing as the hub of northern Montana. The underground beneath four blocks of the city became a shopping mall. There was an office for the traveling dentist. The chair in the left hand corner had a box under it for the dentist to stow his instruments. The chair folded and was moved from town to town with the dentist.
We spent another day geocaching along the back roads near Havre. We even found 4 caches in Kremlin! We enjoyed our stay at Walleyes Unlimited, but we needed to move on down the road. Our next stop was Fort Peck Lake.
Now if you ever go to Fort Peck Lake, make sure you have everything you need as there is no longer even a convenience store in town. The closest grocery store is 25 miles away in Glasgow! The Corps of Engineers have several campgrounds in the area. We chose Downstream Recreation Area as it was close to the Interpretive Center and the Power Houses.
Bob and I are anxious to get on with our trip. We plan to travel US 2 through northeastern Montana, North Dakota, Minnesota and into western Wisconsin. Our next travel day took us into......