Bicycling 4,174 Miles Across the United States

July 2nd – Havre, MT (Post and Photos)

Today was our second rest day of the trip.  It started by giving appropriate attention to my most important partner on this adventure – my bicycle.  I rode to the local bike store to have it checked our which was very timely as I had one of to handlebar stem bolts missing and my front crank was tight (it took two complete rotations to tighten it all the way).  I also bought a spare tire as insurance as I am the only person so far not to have a flat tire (the roads so far have been brutal on our tires).  In Minot (our next rest day in five days after three century rides), I plan on replacing my tires.

Afterwards, Jim and Doug graciously gave me a lesson on bike maintenance – cleaning and oiling my chain and gears.  Thank you Jim and Doug.

By 10 am we were ready to see the sights of Havre, MT.  We started with the “Beneath The Streets Of Havre & Havre Railroad Museum”.  While waiting for the underground tour, we walked though the Railroad Museum (which also served as a large waiting room for the tour).  It included a vary eclectic collection of model railroad cars, old newspaper articles about the railroad (the most important part of Havre’s history and founding) and railroad accidents, railroad posters/photographs, and railroading equipment.

Harve downtown burned in 1904.  Local merchants reopened their business by operating from their basements and opening an underground mall by connecting the basements while a local brick factory (for the replacing the old wood structures) was built.  It expanded greatly over the years and included at times auto repair shops, bakeries, chinese laundries, opium dens, barber shops, taverns, dental office, apothecary, meat processing center and markets (all of which we saw during our 1 hours tour of the underground – see today’s photos) just to name a few.  They also built overhead sky lights on the side walks/streets to provide natural lighting during the day.

The next stop was the Havre “Buffalo Jump” – a natural terrain element that buffalo were driven to so they could fall over the cliff and be killed.  The Havre buffalo jump was discovered in 1961 and excavated over the next 20 years.  Its 2,000 year use by three different native peoples was documented by the excavation.

The final sightseeing tour was the H. Earl Clack Museum which had an eclectic collection consisting of items such as dinosaurs (skulls and a 75 million year old dinosaur egg nest), native indian artifacts and history, western military outposts and life, and prominent local cowboys and cowgirls.

Here are my photo of the day – enjoy.

Havre Railroad Meseum.

Havre Underground Brothel.

Havre Underground Apothecary.

Harvre Underground Barbershop.

Havre Buffalo Jump Site – Each building is a different excavation.

Havre Buffalo Jump History.

Havre Buffalo Jump Excavation.

Buffalo jaw used as tool to process killed buffalo.

Doug successfully using an ancient indian “Atlatl” to “throw” a four foot dart (in the center of the photo with a red tail) at a buffalo. Note: I am revising this caption to make it clear that Doug is aiming at a buffalo replica.

H. Earl Clack Museum – A Stygimoloch Skull (see next photo)

H. Earl Clack Museum – Stygimoloch Description

H. Earl Clack Museum – Lambeosaurus Skull

H. Earl Clack Museum – Barb Wire Collection

6 responses

  1. Debbie

    Steve, I finally read your blog this morning. Love your photos! You are amazing, can’t wait for the days to come.

    July 3, 2012 at 10:28 am

    • Steve

      Debbie, Great to hear from you. Thanks for the feedback. Give my best to everyone at the school. Steve

      July 3, 2012 at 7:47 pm

  2. Al Stiles

    Are you pulling little bits of wire and glass out of your tires? I was pulling out several a day, and also out of my brake pads, although your brakes may be different. I felt, and others did as well, that this loving attention to the tires helped prevent some flats. It is amazing that you haven’t had a flat!!! I think I had at least one flat on 1 out of 3 days….as a guess. who keeps track? I remember having at least 6 spare tubes at one point each with a patch on them. I did go all the way across on one set of tires, but the rear tire was totally used up by the end.

    July 3, 2012 at 11:09 am

    • Steve

      I check my tires each evening, but so far all I have to do is brush the tires. Yes, I have been fortunate regarding flats, but my day will come.

      July 3, 2012 at 7:49 pm

  3. Jeannette

    Steve! You are the only person I know who has studied the famous barbed wire collection! Seeing that makes the entire journey worthwhile.

    Have a happy fourth of July!

    July 4, 2012 at 8:28 am

    • Steve

      I was thinking the same thing – I guess I am ready to fly home.

      July 4, 2012 at 9:33 am

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