Ekalaka Travel Guide

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Ekalaka Overview

Ekalaka is a shrinking, tiny town of about 340 (down 17% since 2000) located at the intersection of Montana Highways 7 and 323 in Carter County in the Southeast corner of Montana not far from the borders with North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming. The population of Ekalaka is predominately women and older than the state average. Ekalaka was established in the 1860s on land that was part of the ranch of scout and explorer David H. Russell. The usual story for the start of the town is that a buffalo hunter decided that running a saloon would be a better way to make a living than killing the buffalo so he gathered up a load of wood to build said saloon. On the way to the spot he had selected his wagon got bogged down in a snowdrift and he is reported to have said ÔÇťanyplace in Montana is a good place to open a saloon" and built there. Other stories vary slightly. The town got its name from a Sioux girl, Ijkalaka, who at 16 was married to David Russell. Ekalaka is the county seat of Carter County. Carter County is named for Thomas H. Carter the first congressman from Montana who later became chairman of the Republican National Committee. The Carter County Courthouse is a fairly pretty building.

Ekalaka has a decent little historic district with a few buildings of historic and/or architectural interest. There are two locations in or near Ekalaka listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Ekalaka is part of the Montana Dinosaur Trail and has a very nice museums with lots of nice, informative displays about dinosaurs and local history.