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The MLEM has closed it's doors and all artifacts have been placed in storage. The museum was unable to reach a new lease agreement and is in need of a new home. All potential sites & communities will be considered. We would like to take this opportunity to thank our numerous donors, as well as the
Holiday Village Mall
and our volunteer staff, the
Great Falls Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP).
It is our hopes that a new site will be identified in the not-too-distant future.
The Montana Law Enforcement Museum is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt non-profit museum operated by Montana Law Enforcement.
"Historical Law & Order Notes..."
1841: First white settlement established, St. Mary's Mission, Bitterroot Valley.
1858: Gold Discovered.
1863: April, Henry Plummer, outlaw gang leader, elected sheriff of all gold camps south-east of Bitterroot Mountains.
1863: June, 29, D.H. Dillingham first lawman killed in line of duty; assassinated by Plummer gang.
1863: December, 102 known killed and over a quarter of million in gold stolen by outlaws. Outraged citizens form Vigilante committee; within five weeks 21 outlaws hung (including Henry Plummer), countless others banished from territory.
1864: May 26, Montana Territory created under the Abraham Lincoln Administration.
1865 U.S. Marshal's office established in Helena.
1866: First U.S. Military Post, Camp Cooke, created on Judith River.
1871: U.S. Territorial Prison opens in Deer Lodge under direction of U.S. Marshal.
1873: Beginning of the Royal Canadien Mounted Police, to "destroy illegal whiskey trade and lawlessness" caused by the "Whoop-Up Trail" running from Fort Benton into the Candadien Northwest Territories.
1876: Sioux Indians defeat Col. George Custer and 7th Cavalry at Little Big Horn River.
1884: Vigilantes ride again, after cattle rustlers.
1885: Montana Department of Livestock instituted.
1889: November 8, Montana becomes 41st state of the United States; 16 original counties organized and 16 sheriffs appointed.
1890's: Harvey Logan, alias Kid Curry, the "Desperado from the Little Rockies," begins outlaw career robbing trains in northern plains.
1901: Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks began.
1921: Ruth Garfield becomes first female sheriff after husband Jesse was shot and killed in line of duty in Golden Valley County.
1935: Montana Highway Patrol established.
1959: Montana Law Enforcement Academy created.
1985: July 14, Montana Law Enforcement Officers Memorial dedicated on site of original Territorial Prison.
1989: May 5, Governor Stan Stephens signs statewide proclaimation establishing May 15 as Montana Peace Officers Memorial Day, and its week as Montana Peace Officers Week.
1989: May 15, first annual Montana Peace Officers Memorial Day ceremonies conducted at Officers Memorial site; new Montana Law Enforcement Museum opens to public.