Ekalaka, Montana, is an amazing little town.
Smaller by far in population than my home town in Arkansas, it has a school, postoffice, a couple of restaurants, a library, a hospital a couple of bars, a community swimming pool, and a museum.
But it’s the museum that makes the town stand out, in my mind.
About 90 years ago, a group of people in the town decided to do some serious work in geology and paleontology. Walter Peck, a state legislator and amateur paleontologist, was one of several founders of the Carter County Museum and the Carter County Geological Society.
Among their finds were a Triceratops, a T. Rex and a large Anatolian copei, which is a type of plant eater called a hadrosaur.
The museum is still a busy place, with work going on each summer and a Dino Shindig at the end of July each year. We missed it, unfortunately.
This is our first stop on the Montana Dinosaur Trail, a group of 14 museums dealing with dinosaurs in the state. Vicki found that online, and that’s on our bucket list for the summer.
For more about why this big little town is booming, check out https://cartercountymuseum.org/growing-home-in-ekalaka/ on the museum’s website.