If you want to experience life in a “real” Western town, Drummond is your place. Its 350 residents are proud of their tight-knit community and welcoming attitude. Driving into town, the stunning backdrop of the Flint Creek Valley and the Garnet Mountains make modern-day stresses melt away. Ranching is still a way of life in Drummond, as you might guess from its motto: “Home of the World-Famous Bullshippers.” The town is small in size but big in hospitality, meaning you'll get a warm welcome, good food, and a place to stay upon arrival. With all the amenities and conveniences one could want, Drummond is sure to please.
Drummond's origins, like many towns in Montana, dates back to the 1800s. Unlike many towns in the region, however, it did not start out as a mining town. Instead, it began as a ranching town when the first ranchers arrived in the late 1870s. Within the first decade that Drummond was settled, the Northern Pacific Railroad began building tracks and train stations throughout the West. More transportation and technology appeared later in the form of an electric train, completed in 1908, that ran from Butte to Missoula and passed through Drummond MT. In the 1920s, US Highway 10 was built through the town center. Now that Drummond was easier to reach than ever, agricultural and ranching operations expanded as more people arrived and product shipments increased. At its peak, Drummond's population reached an impressive 500 citizens!
Drummond MT Today
In some ways, Drummond remains largely unchanged from its small ranch town beginnings. However, I like to tell people that whether they're here visiting or already call Drummond home, they'll be pleasantly surprised at all there is to see and do. Since I-90 virtually passes through Drummond's back yard, getting here from destinations near and far is a breeze. If you're here visiting Drummond for a short time, you can easily get back on the highway and explore other great places in Southwest Montana.
If you're a history buff spending time in Drummond MT, I recommend checking out some local historic attractions. This includes the well-known Mullan Road monument, which is the oldest landmark in town. The Mullan Road was the first wagon road to cross the Rocky Mountains. There is also a heritage museum of local culture at the New Chicago School. The New Chicago School is a one-room schoolhouse that was built in 1874. It is conveniently situated near the highway. Another excellent museum to visit is the Ohrmann Museum and Gallery. The museum honors local artist Bill Ohrmann, who grew up in the beautiful Flint River Valley. His works include paintings and sculptures that capture the essence of the ranching and cowboy lifestyle that dominate the region. Ohrmann's works are still for sale today, so you can take home a piece of your favorite work when you leave.
After touring Drummond's historic attractions, you'll want something to eat and drink. I recommend heading to the Rough Stock Saloon, which is a friendly town bar where you will find perfectly cooked burgers, standard bar snacks, and local craft beer. This place is a favorite among locals, who are always happy to include visitors in their conversations about work, life, and Drummond. To start the day, you'll find places to get freshly brewed strong coffee and homemade baked goods. For something more substantial, be sure to try a diner-style breakfast of eggs, sausage, and biscuits or a stack of pancakes. If you like a good burger at the end of the day, Drummond is where you'll find it! I suggest heading back to the Rough Stock, where you'll get an amazing burger with lots of choices for toppings. Or head over to Parker's Restaurant, which is known for its extensive menu of beef burgers. From the simple classic patty to the most elaborate concoction you could never even imagine, you will find it all at this fan-favorite restaurant. Be sure to save room for their desserts, which are equally unforgettable.
In between meals, take some time to leisurely walk around the downtown. Along with meeting locals who wave and say “hi” on the street, you will get to know the local businesses that make Drummond unique. Quaint shops, a post office, and a marvelous library are some fixtures in the town center. Along with the familiar standby attractions, there are some great events that take place throughout the year in Drummond. One popular event that brings crowds from all over is the annual rodeo. The rodeo takes place each year in July. It is on the professional rodeo circuit and promises an action-packed schedule of events like bareback bronc riding, barrel racing, bull riding, steer wrestling, and roping.
If your idea of a fun day is spending time outside, Drummond has you covered. Throughout the year, there are virtually infinite recreational opportunities available. One place that's spectacular in all seasons is Flint Creek Valley. Flint Creek Valley has many scenic areas that are great for snapping pictures. Flint Creek, which starts at the Georgetown Lake and winds through the valley, is well-known for its trout stock. Therefore, this is a must-visit place if you're into fly-fishing. In the wilderness surrounding Drummond, there is also great big game hunting. The arrival of the winter season brings wintertime recreational activities like ice fishing, snowmobiling, and skiing at Discovery Ski Area located 30 minutes away.
Another highlight of Drummond, for both locals and visitors, is the Pintler Veterans Memorial Scenic Byway. The byway was established as a scenic route in the 1980s, and it is the route of choice for those seeking a slower and more spectacular drive than I-90. The scenic highway begins in the town of Anaconda, which is one of the most historic towns in the state, and it ends in Drummond. Driving along this scenic route you will pass through stunning pine-covered mountains and rolling hills as you follow the path of Flint Creek. Activities to enjoy along the route include hiking, camping, boating, biking, fishing, and wildlife viewing.
Where to Stay
If you're only spending a short time in Drummond, either as you're passing through or looking for a place to live, there are several accommodations available in town where you can get a good night's rest. Since it's a convenient stop along I-90, Drummond has several motels and roadside inns that offer a comfortable place to sleep and unwind. Some, like the Wagon Wheel Cafe & Motel, also serve food. Along with providing a place to sleep, the staff at the local accommodations can recommend things to see and do. For a more rustic experience, campgrounds and RV parks are other lodging options.
Drummond is part of Granite County, which was established in 1893. Although Drummond was not established as a mining town, many other towns in Granite County were. The county is named after the Granite Mountain, which is home to a lucrative silver mine. Some of the original mining towns that emerged in the Gold Rush are still functioning today. One town not to miss is Philipsburg MT, which is accessible on the Pintler Veterans Memorial Scenic Byway. Philpsburg has a vibrant town center with local shops, including jewelers who sell products made from Montana's famous sapphire, silver, and other gemstones. While Philipsburg MT is a good example of a mining town that has survived through the ages, others haven't fared so well. One is the Garnet Ghost Town, which was ravaged by a fire in 1912. Although no longer functional, some of the town's original buildings still remain. Visitors can walk into the remaining buildings to get a sense of the vibrant and wealthy town that Garnet once was. This includes old saloons, stores, barbershops, hotels, and schools. Another neat place to visit in Southwest Montana is Deer Lodge. This ranching town has six museums and the Old Montana Prison. It also contains the Grant-Kohrs Ranch, which is a combined National Historic Site and working ranch. From points in Southwest Montana it's easy to reach both Glacier National Park and Yellowstone National Park. If you're feeling the need for more activity, the hip city of Helena, where there's no shortage of excellent dining, shopping, and nightlife, is just an hour away.
Living and Working Here
If you've decided that Drummond is the place for you after paying a visit, I'm here to help you move in! A general consensus about Drummond, from residents and visitors, is that it offers the serenity and laid-back attitude people seek from small town life. I like to describe residents here as hard-working, caring, and friendly. If you are moving to the area seeking employment, there are a number of jobs to pursue. Farming and ranching are still the dominant economic activities in Drummond. Given the abundance of locally grown food products and crops, Drummond is a fine choice if you want to work in the food industry. Of course, since Montana is one of the top states for craft beers, there's always the option to start a brewery, too! The tourism industry in Southwest Montana is another source of employment. Finally, Drummond also employs residents at its local schools, healthcare facility, and bank. And if you seek additional job opportunities, there are even more options in the nearby city of Helena.
Drummond Real Estate
Naturally, given the fact that it is a ranching town, you'll find working farms and ranches among the real estate options in Drummond. Most of the homes in the area are beautiful log cabins and ranches. Since land is plentiful, it's also possible to purchase a parcel that you love and build your ideal dream house from scratch. The average listing price for a single-family home in town is $140,300. When you are starting to look for places to live in Drummond, don't hesitate to contact Most Wanted Real Estate. I am familiar with the region and the opportunities available for every unique lifestyle preference. I am ready to help you find what you are looking for, and I'm eager to welcome a new “neighbor” to town!
These days, it's hard to feel that it's okay to relax and enjoy a slower pace of life. Not so in Drummond, where the core values of family, hospitality, and hard work still remain. Living here opens the door for wonderful recreation and sightseeing opportunities in beautiful Southwest Montana. And with the popular cities of Helena and Bozeman no more than two hours away, it's easy to be “plugged in” when you want to be.