The coal mining exhibit features 49 historic photographs from private collections and public archives, including Montana Historical Society, Carbon County Historical Society and Roundup Record Tribune. You will discover the stories of the people who settled Montana’s early-day coal mining towns of Red Lodge, Bearcreek, Roundup, and Belt. The exhibit features the stories of miner’s and families that lived in the coal mining communities of Montana.

This traveling exhibit was created by the Western Heritage Center of Billings, with a grant from the Cultural and Aesthetic Coal Tax Trust Fund.  The Cultural and Aesthetic Coal Tax Trust Funds are made possible with funding by coal severance taxes paid based upon coal mined in Montana and deposited in Montana’s cultural and aesthetic projects trust fund.

We thank NorthWestern Energy for their support of this display in the fall of 2023.