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!

I Could See a Gangster Behind the Wheel

 

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Dreams of Every Teenage Boy and Girl

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This Screams Muscle

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Natural Air Conditioning

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Find the Keys and Hear the Roar

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An Old Hollywood Favorite

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