Museum of the Beartooths
Columbus, the county seat for Stillwater County, began as a stage station on the Yellowstone Trail and is now a shipping center for the rich farm and ranch lands surrounding it. In 1900, the Columbus Quarry was chosen to furnish the sandstone for the state capitol building in Helena. This project and other contracts for the fine stone kept the quarries and the railroad busy for several years. (from Cheney's Names on the Face of Montana, Mountain Press Publishing Company)
This full-service community in the foothills of the Beartooths boasts the most scenic route to Yellowstone National Park via Montana Highway 78 and US Highway 212 over the Beartooth All-American Road. Located at the confluence of the Stillwater and Yellowstone Rivers, Columbus offers plenty of outdoor recreation. Visit the Museum of the Beartooths for an understanding of area history, including artifacts of the Rosebud River Crow Indians, Northern Pacific Railroad memorabilia and World War II history.
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