What: The Cooke City General Store
Where is it? 101 Main Street, Cooke City
What makes it special? Other than the mighty mountain peaks that stand over Cooke City, Pilot and Index, the general store is the most recognizable place in town. You can’t miss the bright red two-story building. Inside, is a trove of merchandise you wouldn’t expect in a small town general store. There are a dozen different micro-brewed beers from around the state, including a huckleberry ale from Whitefish Brewing. You can also find gourmet chocolate and tea, T-shirts, flies, fishing licenses, and maps. There is even a Notary Public on hand.
What’s the back story? The store opened in 1886 when John Savage and John Elder bought the property from the earliest known prospector in the region, George A. Huston. Originally called Savage and Elder’s, the store provided supplies for the community and the area miners. They had competition, though, from Bause and French’s mercantile store. The store was listed on the National Register of Historic Place to mark its 100th birthday in March 1986. The current owners are Beth and Tony Wilson. Tony began working at the store at the age of 14 and bought the store in 2003.