Bearcreek, Montana

Elevation: 4557 FT

Population: 81

County: Carbon

A historical, once-booming coal-mining town, Bearcreek became somewhat of a ghost town after a devastating mine explosion in 1943 caused a bit of an exodus. A 1964 revival began, bringing partial restoration to this little community named for the creek that runs right trough it, where bears are known to stop and fill up on berries.

Nestled between Red Lodge and Belfry, the Bear Creek Saloon & Steakhouse is a must-stop between the two towns, touting the finest charbroiled steaks in the area and the famous, and always entertaining, pig races. Go "hog wild" in Bearcreek.

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