Ekalaka – A Montana east of the mountains outpost


January 20, 2023

A historical sign on the edge of town states Ekalaka was established in 1885 by a bison hunter who set out to erect an "edifice for the eradication of ennui." His wagon became stuck in the snow, and that's the point where he started the underpinnings of a community. His explanation was "Hell, any place in Montana is a good place for a saloon." He unloaded the lumber he had in the wagon and commenced construction on the spot. However, the town wasn't named after this initial resident but rather for the wife of one of the first white settlers in the area, a Sioux woman named Ijkalaka.


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