One of America’s Great Car Museums is Just East of Idaho
On the day I walked through the place, there were 168 cars on the floor. In one corner, there was a Camaro that was to be a prize in a fundraiser. A year later the prize was a 1968 Corvette. If you like chrome and metal, then the Montana Automobile museum is a wheeled Valhalla. It’s located in Deer Lodge, the hometown of NBA coaching legend Phil Jackson. His parents were Pentecostals who relocated the family to the community when Phil was a boy. His parents preached and he played ball!
The museum is part of a series of downtown museums, most of which are on the grounds of the old state prison. The former penitentiary can also be used as a motel. If you like creepy experiences, you can sleep overnight in a cell.
The drive from Twin Falls is a little more than five hours on average. It’s not quite a day trip but there is lodging other than the prison (the last time I looked at a hotel rate, it was just under 50 bucks a night).
I’d like to say I saw my dream car on the floor. Truth be told, I saw 168 dream cars. I can see myself driving every vehicle in the place. Of course, if you attempt this without permission, you could well get to sleep nights in the new state prison!
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