Cities and Towns of South Central Montana
Livingston, Montana was once the original northern gateway to Yellowstone National Park. Established in 1882 as a result of railway expansion, the city initially functioned as a service center for the steam locomotives headed west on Bozeman Pass. Originally named Clark City, after William Clark of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, the town's name was later changed in recognition of the Northern Pacific Railway executive Crawford Livingston.
Livingston's close proximity to the national park and Northern Pacific Railway's opportunistic efforts to promote its passenger services in southern Montana during the turn of the 20th century converted the rail depot to a burgeoning town site that beckoned visitors from all over the world. Celebrities such as Calamity Jane and Buffalo Bill are said to have been among its most famous visitors.
Today, many of the town's original buildings can still be seen. The city has worked hard to preserve its Old West character, which is evident in its restored downtown area. The Livingston Depot, which was the original 1902 train station, is now a railroad museum. The Yellowstone Gateway Museum is home to one of the oldest North American archeological sites and documents the history of Yellowstone and other parts of the western United States.
The Livingston area provides access to just about every form of outdoor activity. Recreational opportunities include hiking, camping, mountain climbing, cycling, wildlife watching, hunting, kayaking and river rafting. Livingston is located on the blue-ribbon trout waters of the Yellowstone River, a prime angling destination.
Now considered an artist haven, Livingston is home to some 13 art galleries, numerous restaurants, museums, attractions and accommodations. Located on US Highway 90, Livingston is approximately 30 miles east of Bozeman, and less than two hours from Yellowstone National Park.
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