Post by Diane Merkel on May 28, 2007 12:01:35 GMT -5
Local artists to unveil replacement art during Little Bighorn Days
Montana's 1964 Territorial Centennial Train, a 30-car cross-county extravaganza that has been called "Montana's greatest publicity stunt," left relics scattered around the state at trail's end.
Rail cars that made the epic public relations journey, hosted presidents and governors and awed 380,000 people at the New York World's Fair were distributed to communities large and small.
Some were adopted by towns and used as offices for Chambers of Commerce. Some were abandoned in wheat fields, their huge painted panels fading in the sun.
Hardin never quite forgot its centennial car. For most of its afterlife, it was parked by the Lariat Motel on Center Avenue and served as headquarters for the Chamber of Commerce. After the town's old railroad depot was restored and the Chamber offices were established inside, the historic rail car was moved, too.