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Famous Landmarks in North Central Montana – Our Top Five

There is no shortage of famous landmarks in North Central Montana, so we decided to share our top five with you.  Two of our most famous landmarks are right next door to one another.

Olsons Drug Conrad
(Google Street View)

Olson’s Drug in downtown Conrad still has the old Rexall sign in their front window. Probably the most fascinating department in the store is the old fashioned soda fountain with a real marble top counter. There’s an old red coke dispenser along with everything you need for making shakes, malts, and ice cream floats. And get this…they use HARD ice cream when they make their milkshakes. I can’t think of any place else on the high line where you can get a milk shake made with hard ice cream. In my opinion, that’s how a shake SHOULD be made and I should know, I’ve been drinking them any chance I get for years.

Right next door to this drug store is the

Orpheum Theater
(Google Street View)

famous Orpheum Theatre.

Hats off to the Pondera County Arts Committee and everyone involved in the restoration of this beautiful historic theatre. It’s a reminder of when life was simpler and a whole lot more fun. It’s a one screen theatre like theatres used to be with an exterior and interior that takes you back to the time when going to a movie was special, an event, a time not so long ago. People weren’t made to sit in “boxes” and hear the noise and sound effects from the movies on either side of you.

Roxy Theater
(Google Street View)

And that’s brings me to a third famous landmark. It’s our Roxy Theatre on main street in Shelby. The Roxy too is a one screen theatre and beautiful inside. There’s even a balcony in this gem. Whether Conrad or Shelby, make it “two on the aisle. Why not get “pop corned up” and “cool down” with a movie!

27' Talking Penguin
(Photo by Wendy Nielsen)

Speaking of cooling down, Cut Bank here in the Golden Triangle is known as the “Coldest Spot in the Nation”. It must be true because there’s a giant 27 foot tall penguin statue on the edge of town and I don’t think the penguin’s leaving any time soon. The sculpture is 10,000 pounds of concrete over a metal frame. If that not spectacular enough, this penquin actually talks, giving our own John Polasky a run for his money. And I don’t think either of them always knows what day it is!

KSEN Radio Towers
(Photo by Wendy Nielsen)

Last but not least, I suggest our KSEN Radio towers. I would estimate them to be around or close to 400 feet tall. There are four of them and when I drive by them I night, I think of all the KSEN broadcasting that has run through them and out over the airwaves through the all the years and of all of the great KSEN personalities that became household names and friends of the community thanks to the strength and power of those towers. Back in the days before computers and the internet, this was how “the word” got out to north central Montana. Those towers represent a lot of goodwill, community involvement, and downright friendship. Check them out the next time you go by them, especially at night when the lights are on.

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