Located in southwest Montana, Livingston is a city in Park County. Livingston is located on the Yellowstone River, north of Yellowstone National Park.
Surrounded by four majestic mountain ranges, Park County offers a beautiful natural setting for relaxation and recreation along the legendary Yellowstone River. The quaint and quiet town of Livingston is steeped in the history of Lewis & Clark, Calamity Jane and Yellowstone National Park.
An eclectic blend awaits you as you travel through our shops, museums, galleries and restaurants. From cowboys to culture, from railroads to whitewater, from the historic to the contemporary, there is something for the whole family.
Livingston came into being in 1882 in consequence of planning by the Northern Pacific Railway, which deemed it a good location for railroad shops to service its steam trains before their ascent over the Bozeman Pass, the highest point on the line (approx. 5600 feet). Originally named Clark City, it took its present name after an NP executive. In addition Livingston became the original gateway to Yellowstone National Park, which the NP began promoting heavily to visitors from the East, by way of a branch running some sixty miles south to first the Cinnabar station and later Gardiner, as well as headquarters for the NP's Central Division.
Livingston is situated on the Yellowstone River where it bends from north to east toward Billings, Montana, and in proximity to Interstate Highway I-90. In 1806 Captain William Clark of the Lewis and Clark Expedition camped on the town's present outskirts returning east prior to rejoining the Lewis party.
Though a small town, Livingston is home to a number of popular tourist points. The Livingston Depot, built in 1902 after two predecessors, is a beautifully restored rail station with ornate NP yin-yang monad logos on its exterior, that today houses a railroad museum from approximately May through September. The Yellowstone Gateway Museum documents regional history from one of the oldest North American archaeological sites to Wild Western and Yellowstone history. The International Fly Fishing Federation's museum is an extensive introduction to a popular game sport and hosts annual enthusiasts meetings. The town was inhabited for two decades by Calamity Jane and visited by adventurous traveling members of European royalty. Today it is a small art haven, filming location (A River Runs Through It, The Horse Whisperer, Rancho Deluxe, and others), fishing destination, railroad town, and writers' and actors' colony. Actors Peter Fonda, Margot Kidder, as well as Saturday Night Live alumnus Rich Hall and musician Ron Strykert call the town home. Jimmy Buffett mentions Livingston in multiple songs.
If you are coming from the East or West on I-90 be sure to get off at the first Livingston exit, then go to Park Street and head south on Route 89 to the Park. Stop by and visit the many art galleries and interesting shops in culture rich Livingston.
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