Experience a History Rife with Ghostly Occurrences at the Phillips County Historical Society Home and Garden Tour

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Sunday July 10 Ghost hunting opportunities abound in Missouri River Country

Today it seems every television network has a ghost hunting show. From Ghost Adventures on the Travel Channel to A Haunting on Discovery Channel, people are intrigued by spirits from the past. A jilted lover or a pioneer lost to an epidemic, ghost stories connect viewers to the past. History plays a primary role in these shows, so it is no surprise with Missouri River Country’s long and colorful history, that it has plenty ghosts of its own.

The Phillips County Historical Society Home and Garden Tour provides a chance to search for spirits while exploring historical homes and landscapes. On Sunday, July 10 from 1pm to 4pm see first hand if the past still has a presence in Malta. The afternoon includes the Phillips County Cemetery where a tour through the gravesites will have impersonators of local celebrities that have passed away including Dr. Clay, who diligently served the area during the flu epidemic resulting in dying from exhaustion. The festivities wrap up with a luncheon at the restored H.G. Robinson house.
The mail-ordered house was the first of its kind, having been shipped in 1898 by railroad to be put up on the prairie as the Robinson’s Ranch house.

While in Missouri River Country be sure to check out the many other historical locations with ghostly occurrences. The Fort Peck Hotel is well known for its high level of ghostly activity. On the top floor, now used only for storage, children’s voices and slamming doors in uninhabited rooms have been experienced. Tours of the top floor are available so that everyone can experience the activity for themselves. To settle down after the tour, top off the night with the Fort Peck Hotel’s signature drink, Carl’s Haunted Special.

Opportunities to explore for ghosts also lay in the town of Zortman. In August of 2005 Pete Zortman, a prospector who struck gold in the 1880s and for whom the town is named was unearthed from an unmarked grave in Big Timber, Montana and returned with ceremony to Zortman Cemetery. His body now rests below a 12 foot white cross. Much lore is attached to bodies that have been unearthed. The 78th anniversary of Pete’s death on July 17 provides ghost hunters with a chance to see the charismatic town founder.

June 21, the longest day of the year, offers a chance to see history unfold on gravestones while strolling through the many local cemeteries of Missouri River Country. Along the way you’re sure to come across a destination within Missouri River Country rife with ghostly activity. Before exploring haunts, visitors can spend their day exploring the old west of Montana or walking where dinosaurs once roamed. No matter the agenda, welcoming smiles and warm greetings await you. With help from a colorful history you’ll create memories to last a lifetime in Missouri River Country.

For more information on Montana’s Missouri River Country and a complete listing of activities and communities, please visit missouririver.visitmt.com.

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