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I was in Cooke City 8 years ago, and had a whale of a time. Great Nachos, Great beer and great views. Does anyone want to leave me their house so I can retire there??? I was on a sole adventure into Yellowstone and worked for a while in Silver Gate at the Grizzly lodge. Does anyone know if Hayes Kirby is still around? Top geezer and would love to hear from him. All the best.
Dan Moore <[email protected]>
London, England - Wednesday, August 18, 2004 at 11:49:06 (EDT)

Just wanted to say I have some fond memories of cooke city. I just came through there in July over the Beartooth highway. I use to live in Billings, MT till I was 18, then I moved to California and I miss home terribly. Every time I visit my parents we always come to yellowstone going through Cooke City and we stay in Silvergate. The mountains are so beautiful and the air is so fresh which I miss. We'll for sure be back next summer, and what a wonderful website. thanks to you I can see a piece of home thank you.
Darcy Jimenez <[email protected]>
Montebello, CA USA - Tuesday, August 17, 2004 at 17:00:59 (EDT)


We spent a wonderful morning in your town on the way from Yellowstone to the Beartooth pass and on the way back couldn't resist another visit. We'll be back!
Rob Dobrusin
Ann Arbor, MI USA - Sunday, August 08, 2004 at 20:30:47 (EDT)
I was very happy to find this site. I worked in Cooke City in 1989, and share many of the great memories I read about here. This was a very happy time for me and I met my wife Sarah there. We now have 3 great kids and hope to find them jobs in Cooke for ther summer as soon as they get a little bit older. Oops - thinking about how much drinking and partying we did there - maybe we'd better wait until they are LOTS older! peace to all!
Mark Secal
Idaho Falls, ID- Saturday, July 31, 2004 at 06:56:01 (EDT)
Great Site! I love it. I'll be back soon!
Dizzy
San Diego, CA USA - Friday, July 30, 2004 at 20:44:18 (EDT)
This little southern boy fell in love with your beautiful part of this world back in 1986 while visiting Yellowstone national park. I only spent 3 days in cooke city, but I remember the quite relaxed atmosphere and would love to come back. thanks for this webpage of memories
Johnny Swanson
Memphis, TN USA - Friday, July 09, 2004 at 15:12:11 (EDT)

My family would spend the month of July up in Silvergate with our Grandparents, Kaye and Ann Kiddoo, from 1989-2000. Cooke City and Silvergate hold some of my fondest memories. Now, my Grandparents have sold their place, and me being older and having to work, I have not been able to "escape" to my favorite place in the world. My mom and sister, Michelle, still manage to go up there every year. In fact they are up there right now, while I'm here at work! ( I miss all of our friends and the fun times we had up there. My Great Aunt and Uncle also summered there, Pat and Louis Ledbetter...they had a cabin closer to Cooke City. I miss the Fireman's Picnic, the firework show, and the Range Rider!! We still get to see our great friends the Pates who still summer up there, because they live near us in Texas. I bet it's not the same without Sue and Ralph in the General Store! Luckily we have some of Mary Blain and Carter Gowl's artwork to take us back in memory! "Hi" to everyone who has touched my life...Batemans, Oldemeyers, Archers, Gliddens, etc... Miss you all!
NICOLE TIMM <[email protected]>
KELLER, TX USA - Thursday, July 01, 2004 at 16:29:28 (EDT)


What a wonderful site for us folks that have lived and worked in Cooke City. It is obvious that the town has a lasting impression on others as it did on me. We had fun. We made friendships that will last forever. Mant things have changed over the years, but the spirit is still there. Thank you for this wornderful site!
Bobbi Lewis
Eugene, OR USA - Thursday, July 01, 2004 at 12:30:28 (EDT)

One of my fondest childhood memories as a young boy was my father and I travelling together to visit Yellowstone, and a brief stay in a small town that will linger in my mind forever. Cooke City was our stopping off spot and stayed for a couple of days and it was somthing a boy from Kansas at 13 yrs of age could not imagine. Beauty. My father is no longer with us but the memory remains. Thank You for that.
Ronald D Edwards <[email protected]>
Clay Center, KS USA - Wednesday, June 16, 2004 at 15:11:29 (EDT)


I worked in Cooke city for 4 months in 1973. it was a long time agobut I remember it so well. It is a great place to make friends and have a great time. I drove through is late september 1997 and the memories just flooded back. many things havent changed one bit. I want to return this summer asap. to all the great people I worked with I send my very best wishes!
Stan Jackson <[email protected]>
Sedalia, MO USA - Monday, June 07, 2004 at 09:39:49 (EDT)


Great Website. I spent 3 summers working in Cooke during the 80's - has it really been that long ago? Anyhow, I loved Cooke and want to return so very badly! Maybe this is the year???
Roberta Simpson <[email protected]>
Rex, ID USA - Sunday, May 23, 2004 at 20:34:22 (EDT)


I enjoyed the story by Mary Curl. Kersey lake was one of my favorite places when I worked in the Cooke area. I can picture Mary on a raft there. It is a very nice thought. Thanks.
Al Johnson
St Joe, MO USA - Thursday, May 13, 2004 at 19:41:27 (EDT)


Wow! what a great guestbook. Reading it brought back a lot of great COOKE CITY memories. Yes, we drank to much, we partied to much and we got fired a lot for not being a very good employee after an all night party. I'll never forget the wonderful folks I knew and worked with. Mary
Mary Bindner <[email protected]>
KC, MO USA - Sunday, May 02, 2004 at 21:19:07 (EDT)


I'm very excited that I got a job for the summer in Cooke City. I will be there on June 2. I love this site
B. Hyland
Plains, mt USA - Friday, April 30, 2004 at 12:04:22 (EDT)


Hello, there in coooooke city!!! If you were there between june of 95 threw 98 you probably remember me as one of the Bon jovi boys...We had a few stupid drunk things but if you lived there through a winter ,I'm sure you understand..Anyways, I'm the tan one,...Joshua.My family owned the pine tree cafe.joshua johmson <[email protected]>
taos, new mexico USA - Saturday, June 07, 2003 at 01:06 AM (EDT)
Hi there, September 2003 we spent some time in Cooke City, what a relaxed town ! We stayed at the High Country Motel and had the best meals of our holiday at the Beartooth Cafe. It was really great fun staying here.... If you're interested (if only for some very nice pictures...) go to our website. www.droomvakantieweb.nl > USA 2003 > Wyoming > Yellowstone or Diary day 11-14 (dagboek 2003)It's in Dutch, but the photographs do speak for themselves....
Martin & Grietje
Leeuwarden, NL Netherlands - Saturday, April 24, 2004 at 08:59:20 (EDT)
In 1965 I worked in the national forest at Cooke City spraying trees. One Evening two friends joined me for a quick trip to Red Lodge and back. We were stopped 5 times by law enforcement on the trip. We found out later two guys had stolen a truck from a highway construction worker and ran into the woods when chased by the police. We must have looked suspicious!

Bob P.
Absarokee, MT USA - Monday, April 12, 2004 at 16:10:00 (EDT)
real glad to find your site. I wrangled the B-4 back in the mid 1950s when it was a combined dude and kids summer ranch. I LOVED Cooke City: The Silver Dollar and Switchback Bars way too drunk one night, a friend and I chased a bear cub onto the Switchback's front porch!) Taking people on pack trips up to Grasshopper Glacier while working for Rodeo cowboy John Linderman. wonderful experiences. I'd love to know what became of the B-4 / if you, or any of your readers, have time to come on back, let me know.
randy eaton <[email protected]>
plymouth, michigan USA - Monday, August 04, 2003 at 09:35 PM (EDT)
Visiting this website made me very happy remembering the great times I shared with so many friends in cooke city back in 80s. Thanx for the visit.

Peter Starkey <[email protected]>
Fargo, ND USA - Friday, April 09, 2004 at 12:40:06 (EDT)
I'm student from Slovakia (small country in the midlle of Europe - we were Czechoslovakia) and I spent in Cooke City summer 2003. I was working for Beartooth Cafe for 3 months and I have to say it was wonderful time. I met there a lot of nice people and I think in that small city is some kind of spirit and everybody who was there have to agree. I was little bit hiking around and the nature is amazing, it is peace for your soul. I would like to come back sometimes, but ... who knows. Have a nice day

Marian Polak <[email protected]>
Banska Bystrica, Slovakia - Wednesday, March 31, 2004 at 11:36:52 (EST) 
I Really enjoyed visiting the site. I worked out in Cooke City the summer of 1977. Worked for Gin in her Cafe. We stayed in some little cabins that they also owned. I remember Sue, and Vicki from Beulah ND (?). Myself, Barb Waloch and Kevin Bolander came from ND to work for the summer. There was a family that owned a leather shop from Kansas City. We flew out to visit them once. We Did a lot of partying and dancing at Silver Gate. During the Days off we took horses out for all day rides in the beautiful mountains, Did alot of hiking to the water fall behind the city as well as many other places in the area. Had a great time and made lots of friends that I am no longer in touch with sorry to say. We had the bear running around during the night as well as a few other animals. Was a great time.
Sandy Johnson <[email protected]>
., USA - Wednesday, March 19, 2003 at 02:32 PM (EST)

Wow, what a blast from the past! I worked in Cooke City one summer, I believe it was 85. I was the waitress/dishwasher/cashier At Ma Perkins, working for Mort and Betty. At the end of the summer I was a flagger for the road construction on the wyoming section of the Beartooth Highway. What a wild summer it was! Going to Kersey Lake, Beef Lips, Exxon Jeff, etc. Does anyone remebember my dog Bonnie and the time she got into the porcupine? Also the bears that summer were right in the road all the time. I ALMOST quit school to stay on that winter. I was that close to becoming a local. I've been gone from Montana 9 years now and right now my husband and I are planning our move back.. Can't wait to show my kids Cooke City. We also have a cabin at East Rosebud Lake. We could walk to Cooke from there!! Hope to hear from some of you all from that summer.
Leslie Jones <[email protected]>
Coatesville , PA USA - Tuesday, April 08, 2003 at 08:33 PM (EDT)


Hello, just surfed in. I have to say that your website is great. 
Carol Jeffrey 
Kentucky US - Tuesday, March 30, 2004 at 04:30:54 (EST) 


My first summer in Cooke happened to be the summer of '88; the year Yellowstone burned. I was working as a waitress for Joan and Bill at their restaurant in town. Most everyone working that summer left to fight fires, so those of us that stuck around were very busy as the town was filled with firefighters, smokejumpers, military personnel, and media. The community really pulled together in this trying period. That summer didn't scare me away though. I continued working in Cooke for the next three summers and even made it through (almost!) one winter. I held numerous jobs waiting tables at Joan and Bill's, bartending at Hoosier's and Miner's, and one summer Bill Somers even talked me into being the dump attendant. Or as others affectionately referred to me "the dump queen." The summers of '90 and '91 were spent working for Bernie and Phyllis Kiley at the Yellowstone Trading Post. I had the pleasure of working for two wonderful people and learned a great deal from them about business, life, and Cooke City. Bernie is now deceased and Phyllis runs the store. The awesome people, as well as the awe inspiring scenery of Cooke City has a very special place in my memories. I can't wait to get back home and have a good, long visit with the wise Cooke City-ites of my past. See you all soon.
Stephanie (Supola) Erdmann <[email protected]>
., USA - Wednesday, March 19, 2003 at 02:44 PM (EST)



Oh how I loved visiting this site!!!! I recalled such wonderful memories as I read the other entries in the guestbook. I worked in Cooke for 3 years (1964 1965 and 1966). I actually remember you Mike Kay when you worked there. I had a crush on you because you were so tall! I didn't put my name in because I want you to think a few days before I send you an email! I worked at a place known as the "teen center". We had a jukebox and ping pong tables and dancing and refreshments. Then I worked cleaning rooms at a motel and finally worked as a waitress at Watuck. I love Cooke City and hope to return some day. I married Steve Willson who also worked in Cooke for the Forest Service and have two boys, ages 19 and 24. Steve passed away 3 years ago. Peace to all you Cooke City junkies!
jmr 
St Louis, MO USA - Monday, March 22, 2004 at 21:27:19 (EST) 


What a nice site to find! Some of you may remember me as Rosie's Granddaughter. I spent some of the happiest times of my young life in Cooke (80's mostly). Now I am grown and have my own family. I have 2 boys (5,7) and as soon as I can afford it we WILL visit. I miss the mountains SO much, long walks in the woods, climbing the rock slide, tiny tart mountain strawberries. Yes, Beef Lips! Grandma gave me a love for the mountains that I want to pass on to my children. Julie
Julie Rose (Solberg) Massa <[email protected]>
Rock Island , IL USA - Monday, March 15, 2004 at 06:00:43 (EST) 
Hi: I enjoyed your page. Back in the 1950's when I was a young child, my family paid several summer visits to a friend of my Daddy who owned a motel there in Cooke City. The man's name was Jimmy Beavers, and the motel, I think, was called Beaver Lodge. It backed up to the river, as I recall, and we always stayed in one of the end units that looked back across the mountain. There was a restaurant next door to the motel, and the owners had a little girl about my age. We played down by the river.In the mid-70's, my husband and I and our then-only son visited Cooke City again, but we didn't stay there that time. At that time, I thought I found the place where we used to stay, but I think only about half of it was still there, and I was told there had been a fire years before.As a child, I was fascinated by the general store in Cooke City, because of all the different kinds of items it offered. I think that was just across the street, maybe a bit catty-corner to the motel. The man who ran it at the time wrote my name in calligraphy. Being from a small Texas town, that was the first time I had ever seen anyone do calligraphy.I have many happy memories of visits there, but as you can tell, time has faded the details. I just feel a pleasant glow when I think about it. The whole area is so beautiful. I was in awe of the Beartooth. The first time we drove over it, my Daddy let out an audible gasp, at one point, having just gotten his first glimpse of Pilot and Index Peaks. It seems he had had a picture, actually of the very scene he was then looking at, on the wall in his office because he thought they were so beautiful, but he had never really been sure where they were. I would like to visit again someday soon. Do you know anything about the Beaver Lodge, or if any part of it is still standing today? Is there another lodging of some sort in that approximate location? I would love to stand by that river and look back at that mountain again. Or maybe I've just put that image together in my head! I'm sure it's all changed after all these years, too, but it is such a pretty picture in my mind's eye.Thank you for your time in reading this note, and for the time it took to put this page together! Marcy Porter 
Marcy Porter <[email protected]>
USA - Friday, March 12, 2004 at 14:38:41 (EST) 
Hi All Cooke City Renegades! I just read the "Cooke City Page", it's great! I was in Cooke in the Late 1970s and 1980's. I worked for Mort and Betty - when the bar was in the back room and there was no "Elkhorn Saloon" (and now has an even different name and owner), Wayne and Gin (Before it was "Crazy Mama's, then later Cooke Pass Cafe 2, now?), Davie and whats-his-name that ran the Cooke City Corral Cafe - which is no longer a cafe. Cliff Anderson was a cook at the Cooke City Cafe then. He's dead now. So is Mort. Last time I was there, Betty had changed Ma's into a grocery store. All those good folks fired me at one time or another, and I don't blame them a bit: I was pretty bad! BUT BOY DID WE HAVE SOME FUN IN COOKE CITY!!!!! Does anyone remember Cheyenne, with his trailer, "Turtle"? I guess he bought a motorcycle, changed his name to "Wrench", moved to Red Lodge (or?), got married and started beating up his wife. (That's rumor: I don't know it for a fact, but it fits). Anyone remember when Stan (Stan the man) cooked at Ma's? He wore jeans with the knees out, two knives on his belt, motorcycle boots, a sleeveless undershirt, a long pony tail with a headband. He smoked in the kitchen and let the ashes fall onto the grill... Before that the old guy with an old Jeep Wagoneer, Old Bill??? cooked (and drank) at Ma's. He's gone now too. I'll never forget Ma's waitress Jan, careening off the walls between the bar and the cafe. She liked to take her brakes in the bar. Another waitress at Ma's, beautiful, blond Roxie, who's father told her she "was born on a Kansas wheatfield, and would die on a Kansas wheatfield." Remember Sprout? She worked for Ma's for a LONG time! What was that guy's name that owned the (Used to be the Watuk) All Seasons Inn - which is now something else? I can't remember his name, but I can remember him running a bunch of us out of his place, and telling us we couldn't "ever come back!!" It had something to do with a broken picture window in front of his building... Any one remember Guy and Jim, the twins? Last I heard Jim was a preacher in Great Falls, and Guy lived in the Bitterroot. Someone out there might remember my son: Jeff Barnett -- he worked at the Cooke City Corral, Bill and Joan's at the Pass, Log Cabin Cafe in Silver Gate, and a bunch of other places over the years. He LOVED Beef Lips -- but so did we all! He was a friend of Vicki and Crazy Bob -- who was later badly injured in a snow mobile accident. Also, my daughter Anna -- who was known as Pack-Head at the time, spent her summers in Cooke. Actually, she also went to school in Gardner one year when we stayed through the Fall. Her first job ever was at the little drive in food place, Two Bears -- was that the name of it? She was about 12. Do you remember Jim Greenley? He was an outfitter and a bad news guy in the early '80s. Had a son named Rick, I think. They were from Alaska. Do you remember Kenny Busch -- he tended bar at Mort's. And then there was Rickie, a Hell-raising bartender at Mort's. Can't remember a whole lot about her except her gold tooth, but she sure had some stories to tell! Remember the cabin on Lulu? I spent one whole summer there, doing laundry in the creek with red water, chasing off souvenir hunters with my .22 rifle, using the mickey-mouse (but cool) sauna, firing up the three, count 'em three wood stoves in the cabin when it got cold. I didn't steal any of the wood stoves, but later on someone else did. Anyone recall Bill Hansen, Bob Watts, Gene Wade and the mine exploration that took place in the early 80's on Daisy Pass? They used the "Old Post Office" as their headquarters. That was just the beginning of the recent mine fiasco in Cooke City. Last, but not least, I remember the terrible accident between Cooke City and Silver Gate that took the lives of several young people who were there for the summer -- now there forever. Well, I want to thank you for getting me to recall the "good old days" at Cooke City. If anyone has any UPDATES on the events and people I knew, I'd LOVE to hear about it!!!! e-mail me at [email protected] Sincerely, Marie (Harris) Watts, also known as "Cooke City Slugger" which in itself indicates some of what was going on during those years. 
Marie (Harris) Watts <[email protected]>
Srephenson, MT USA - Friday, March 12, 2004 at 14:36:06 (EST) 

Cooke City is a very special place. I'm not a snow person, so am looking forward to summer 2004.
Bob Johnson <@yahoo.com> 
Middlesex, NJ USA - Saturday, March 06, 2004 at 07:50:51 (EST) 


Cooke City is a very special place. I'm not a snow person, so am looking forward to summer 2004.
Bob Johnson <@yahoo.com> 
Middlesex, NJ USA - Saturday, March 06, 2004 at 07:50:51 (EST) 


I spent time in Cooke City in the summers of 1967 and 1968 whike attending a ski camp. I will be returning for the first time since then this year.Cooke City is a place I will never forget and am looking forward to my visit with my wife who has never been to Montana.
Jim Barrett <[email protected]>
Acworth , Ga USA - Monday, March 01, 2004 at 15:43:50 (EST) 

"DUDE" I know we have had some conflicts in the past but I want you to know that they are in the past. I don't know if you ever did anything to hurt me, but if you did it is water under the bridge. Remember the time the meteor blew and flashed and spooked all the horse in the middle of the night. I hope your doing well. Larry
Larry Brooks <[email protected]>
USA - Friday, February 27, 2004 at 21:36:40 (EST) 


interesting site i enjoyed my stay.
Ringtones <[email protected]>
New York, NY USA - Thursday, February 26, 2004 at 18:56:56 (EST) 


In 1974 I worked for the Forest Service near Cooke City. It is a magnificently beautiful place. I want to visit this year for the first time in 26 years. I hope it hasn't changed too much.
Paula Mehan 
Lead, SD USA - Monday, February 23, 2004 at 12:03:32 (EST) 

Reading through this site sure brings back the memories! I was in Cooke City way back then and I'm still here! I played in a band around the area and it's surprising how many people remember those "good 'ol days"! Anyway, the "Beef Lips" Don't play too often anymore but you never know... We're still alive & kicking! So, thanks for remembering! Jeff
Jeff Menuey <[email protected]>
USA - Friday, February 13, 2004 at 10:04:38 (EST) 


Hi, I've never been to your fair city, but have seen lots of nice photos of the area. Looks like a beautiful place. The photos I saw came from my friend Jeri Harper. He talked alot about the many friends from Cooke City he had. Does any one know the where abouts of Jeri? He was headed towards St. George, Ut about 4-6 weeks ago. I haven't heard from him, wondering if he made it.
Jan <[email protected]>
Ukiah, CA USA - Wednesday, February 11, 2004 at 10:02:35 (EST) 

Each summer a few friends and myself visit Cooke City as a homebase while we fish the streams in and above Yellowstone National Park. What a magnificent place!
Mark Kracht 
White Rocks, uy USA - Thursday, February 05, 2004 at 12:17:10 (EST) 


Wow, We were surprised to find this site. We lived and worked at the Soda Butte Lodge from Sept. 2000- Dec. 2000. Then engaged, we are now married. And we didn't leave empty handed, our now two year old daughter, Laura, was made there. Some of the best memories of our life! So beautiful there. How is everyone, Tim, Kathy & Frank, Patty, Joan and Bill. We are still in New Hampshire, plan on taking a trip back out there as soon as Laura is old enough. Wishing everyone health and happiness!!
Curt and Krissy Edsall <[email protected]>
NH USA - Wednesday, February 04, 2004 at 11:55:20 (EST) 
You don't realize how much you miss cooke until visiting this website! We lived in cooke with our two labs, MOCHA and ALEX on and off from summer 92 to spring 94. Lets see we worked just about everywhere.....miner's bartender, elkhorn, all seasons, prep cook & dishwasher @joan and bills. we lived in a few different spots, duplex across from the pine tree rest., old streamline trailer down near DUDE'S cabin. DOES ANYONE KNOW HOW DUDE IS DOING, ALSO CHIPS, FRANK AND KATHY, AND KIM AND SHERRY, MARCIE? Anyway lots of love to all the cooke city survivors:)STAY WARM!!!!!!!!!!!!
alan and andrew kuperstein <[email protected]>
winter park, fl USA - Tuesday, February 03, 2004 at 04:14:26 (EST) kee 
Hi to everyone that I partied and made friends with in the summer/Fall/ winter of I think it was 96/97?? I had so much fun . I am sober now no booze for four years Cooke City really showed me a new way to drink. I bottomed out there, I wonder if I'd like it as much now that I'm not a drunk. Anyone who knew me I'm Andrea I dated Ryan Leahy for tthat year. I am moving back to MT. in a year and would love to hookup with some of the peaple I knew. Sarah, my friend from Alabama____________??? Bernie Feldcamp? I rented from Gay, did they eventually flatten those cabins? I miss Cooke ! The most beautiful place in the world!08879

Andrea Strand <[email protected]>
Big Sur, , Ca. USA - Saturday, January 31, 2004 at 03:28:54 (EST) 

I worked in Cooke City in 1977. I enjoy visiting this site and it brings back great memories. The folks I worked with were great, the mountains were beautiful and the fishing was teriffic! Thanx
Steven Bishop 
Long Beach, CA USA - Wednesday, January 28, 2004 at 20:53:20 (EST) 


Gene's folk, Ruth and Gene Wade, would be thrilled to see their names on this website. Gene's dad especially was into promotion for Cooke City long before anyone else. He would be on the web everyday. We have lots of stories about Watuck Lodge and the 40's, 50's and 60's plus some photos. Marilyn Wade
Gene Wade 
Billings,, Mt USA - Sunday, January 18, 2004 at 11:42:18 (EST) 
Hi Everyone, Testing the new guestbook setup, and apologizing to those who's entry I lost in the transition! 
Mike Kay <[email protected]>
Meeker, CO USA - Saturday, January 17, 2004 at 21:09:54 (EST) 

Spent some fun summers in Cooke. I miss the old A-frame just outside of town. Visiting with the Menueys, Dave, Rosie, Mitch and Jeff was always a treat. Where are you Jeff? Are you still playing your guitar and singing? Remember when my family and I all came to your cabin and you and I played guitars? (I was horrible, you were terrific!) Hope to get to Cooke City soon. 
Susan Rasmussen <[email protected]>
Yorba Linda, CA USA - Thursday, January 04, 2004 at 14:59:45 (EST) 


WONDERFUL PLACE...BEAUTIFUL VISIONS...LASTING MEMORIES...I THINK OF YOU ALL OFTEN. 
cheryl lowe <[email protected]>
Arlington , tx USA - Thursday, January 08, 2004 at 14:13:35 (EST) 
Just thought I'd leave a note to say hi! I was hanging in Cooke for a few summers in the mid-90's, working at Joan and Bill's and partying with the Cooke City Cream. I was another one from Maryland, along with Adam and Shawn, and brought Chris AKA On-The-Road and my crazy girlfriend Tonya. Hoped to move back, with baby in belly in 1998, but unreal events ended me in Flagstaff, AZ, and back to Maryland. Was lucky to get a visit there from Chris and Patty, and a few from Shawn, before moving to the DC area. Now I'm finally back out west again to CO with 5-yr old Saer and husband Joshua. I'll be up in town soon, though, coincidentally, work on the Beartooth Highway is leading me back to town. And I can't wait to be back in town again. See you soon! 
Karen Amrhein AKA Groovy <[email protected]>
Castle Rock, co USA - Thursday, January 08, 2004 at 14:11:44 (EST) 
December 19, 2003: My husband, Wayne Schulz, and I met at Chico Hot Springs where we both worked the front desk in 2002. Wayne had come up from Cooke where he had lived and worked that winter, to fill in for me while I was out on leave. He has related a number of stories about Cooke to me, some of which he wasn't very proud of, but he always had a good word for Joan's pies. If anyone knows Wayne, know that he is doing well, getting healthy, and is a friend of Bill W's. I still say it was Divine Intervention that brought us together at a low point in both of our lives. Take care everyone, have a wonderful Holiday Season and a Blessed New Year! 
Lois Anne Starr-Schulz <[email protected]>
Livingston, Montana, USA - Thursday, January 08, 2004 at 14:10:14 (EST) 
Seasons Greetings to all of you wonderful folks who love Cooke City as I do! May God Bless you in the new year!
Barbara Simmons 
Broken arrow, ok USA - Thursday, January 08, 2004 at 14:08:43 (EST) 
January 12, 1994 I took the bus from Wausau, WI to Cooke City, MT. What a peaceful move that was. I worked at All Season's Inn when Darrell Patricia Crabb owned it. What a treat that was. I miss so many of you have/not will ever forget you. I sure would like to hear from my little buddy Erin Lynch (Mousey). Does anyone remember her or know how I can reach her? Here are some people I knew back then: Ricky Porter, Jim Karen, Dave (Erin Lynch), Chips, Joanne, Chris Warren, Frank Kathy (trail groomers), Dick (owned restaurant), Josh, Mike (owners son of Minors saloon), Cliff (Sammy), Kim, George, Mark (Al Bundy), Frank, Greg Nelson, Rick Vicky (Brother Sister), Guy (how's buster), Ned, Ramone, Wayne. Two of my local (billings) favorites were Joe Ratcliff Jimmy Jones. I have meet so many vistors that I miss dearly think of everyone often. If anyone know's of any of these people please contact me. I had the most healing time in my life when I moved there needed it desperatly. I then moved to Red Lodge, MT where there are more precious memories. God Bless all of you that came into my life those I helped. The mountains sure looked fake when I 1st arrived the air I will never forget. Sure wish I was still there to this day. Homesickness is what got to me. I am sure glad I came to this site. I have alot of stories to tell if you would like to hear them. I remember seeing all snow never relized there was a fence in front of my cabin unitl spring (came early the year I was there). Take care to all. 
Barb Rueger (Cheezy) <[email protected]>
Schofield, wi USA - Thursday, January 08, 2004 at 14:06:49 (EST) 
I passed through Cooke City right after a long dry 9 day hike and camp in east yellowstone. Stayed at the Alpine Motel. This place, Cooke City, kinda rubs off on you a little when you leave. My soon-to-be wife and I will be headed through this way in June '04 after our wedding on the way to Jackson. 
Brian Heath <[email protected]>
Springfield, mo USA - Thursday, January 08, 2004 at 14:04:27 (EST) 
Hi this is Dan and we have a cabin about a half mile away from cooke city. We visit about two to three times a year. We love going into the park and we love this country. Its a great place to be. We love the great people in cooke city and we think it's a wonderful place in the beautiful Rocky Mountains.
Dan Solberg and Family 
Fargo ND, USA - Thursday, January 08, 2004 at 14:02:45 (EST) 
I worked in Cooke City in 1965, 1968 and 1969 for the Bureau of Public Roads. In 1965 we were surveying and building about a 5 or 6 mile stretch of highway from the Montana/Wyoming line down past Fox and Index Creeks to just a little beyond the Clarkfork River crossing. We built a new bridge at that location. Tom Edick was the project enginer. Bob Rickman was on the crew along with Mike Kay, John Yackey, Bill Jones and others. We got acquainted with Bill and Betty Somers. Vicky and Rick were pretty young then as were our two girls. We did lots of picnics, hiking, sightseeing, hunting and fishing. Sam Brady was at the general store then of course and we got to know him well. Anybody remember Wildcat ? Thats the only name I remember him by. Played a ukulele and sang at some of the local bars, mostly Hoosiers. He lived at and took care of a fraternity house in Ann Arbor, Michigan during the school year I believe. One of his favorite songs was Abdul Abulbul Amir who fought Ivan Skavinsky Skavar. I not making this up !! This song was written in 1877 by Percy French. Abdul (a Turk) did battle with Ivan (a Russian). It's a long ballad, about 15 verses and Wilcat sang it well. Grace owned and ran Hoosiers then. One of our favorite fishing places was the Yellowstone River upstream or downstream from Tower Jct. Of course the Lamar was good and Slough Creek. Vince Mus was just building the Mus Rest Motel then which is now the High Country I believe. We get back to Cooke about every other year or so and spend a few days. It's about 7500 ft. above sea level on the main street of Cooke I think. I believe the big Watuck Lodge was just being built at that time. Gene Wade built a smaller one first across the street and up a block or so. Near the old post office. Nick Babolick (spelling) had the Union 76 station then and some cabins. I'll think of more later about 1968-69.......Warren Frame.. 
Warren frame 
Ronan, mt USA - Thursday, January 08, 2004 at 14:00:33 (EST) 
Does anyone know or remember Shirl Felts? (worked at Watuck) If so see if she will get in touch with me. She's one of those people you just kick yourself in the ass for letting out of your life. Thanks Larry Brooks 
Larry Brooks <[email protected]>
Bend , OR USA - August 22, 2003 at 14:34:06 (EST) 
Visiting lovely Cooke City in October 2003! 
Debbie Fuchs <[email protected]>
Millington, MD USA - August 24, 2003 at 14:33:13 (EST) 
We had a great time in cooke city four wheeling and looking around we will be back late January thanks for a great time. You don't know how nice it is till you stay there for a time. THANKS FOR SHARING IT WITH US. 
WALLY+VICKI <[email protected]>
WI USA - Thursday, January 08, 2003 at 14:31:19 (EST) 
Use to visit on business with Yamaha. I lost contact with Boyd and would sure like to find him. I'm ready to snowmobile again. August 28, 2003
Bill Burbank <[email protected]>
Fullerton, ca USA - August 24, 2003 at 14:30:22 (EST) 
30 years? It doesn't seem possible! SUE and RALPH GlIDDEN of the Cooke City Store are moving on. The store has been sold and this is their final year. 
Cooke City Renegade 
Billings , mt USA - Thursday, September 04 2003at 14:29:09 (EST) 
THANKS I LOVE THIS SITE 
JOHN GOODMAN <[email protected]>
Linz Astrial, USA - Thursday, September 05, 2003 at 14:27:56 (EST) 
Every summer we journey forth to the beautiful northwest. One of our must do advenntures is to travel the Beartooth Highway and have lunch in Cooke City. No pun intended, the area is uplifting and gives us a sense of renewal. We're looking forward to our next visit in 2004. Have a delightful winter and spring. 
Lanny and Linda Powell <[email protected]>
east moline, il USA - Thursday, September 12 2003 at 14:26:53 (EST) 
i thought Cooke City was great.I had visited many western cities and Cooke was one of my favorites 
tyler beckwith <[email protected]>
los angeles, ca USA - September 13, 2003 at 14:25:28 (EST) 
cool town loved the guy across the streets with the wood bears he was a character 
mike thulin <[email protected]>
Charlotte, nc USA - Thursday, September 18, 2003 at 14:24:09 (EST) 
I worked at the Grizzly Lodge in the summer of '87. It made a lasting impression on my life. Thank you! 
Kristi <[email protected]>
Santa Barbara, CA USA - Thursday, September 26, 2003 at 14:22:41 (EST) 
i was just in jackson hole and yellowstone on my harley along with my wife.the hotel where we stayed in jackson told us about beartooth highway but we didnt have time to ride it.is it as nice and scenic as tetons and yellowstone? tony sims 
tony sims <[email protected]>
Cleveland, TN USA - Thursday, October 05, 2003 at 14:21:29 (EST) 
This is a very sad time in Cooke City. Fall is definitely here with winter just around the corner. This afternoon I will be leaving Cooke - just as all of my friends have in the last few weeks. Businesses shut down for the next few months as they await the snow mobile enthusists. I will miss all of my friends - and surprisingly many of the wonderful tourists who I came in contact with this year. God Bless you all! 
Sam Woyjta 
Bismark, nd USA - Thursday, October 01, 2003 at 14:20:14 (EST) 
Cooke City. What a beautiful place. I was there withe some friends August of this year. It still seems like yesterday. I can still feel the cool air and smell the wonderful smells of the Montana wilderness. I will be back one day but I know it won't be soon enough. What a hidden treasure! 
Kevin Cox <[email protected]>
Hilltop Lakes, TX USA - October 14, 2003 at 14:19:25 (EST) 
Well, I want to say hi to the people who run this website because they actually came and visited me at the YTP this summer in Cooke. I am unfortunately back in my home town, and I really wish i could be back in cooke. 
Tara Wood <[email protected]>
Big Timber, MT USA - Saturday, October 18, 2003 at 14:18:08 (EST) 
Hey.....just visited Cooke City 10/11/03. I and the folks I was traveling with say "thanks" to the people at The Alpine Inn. Nice clean, warm rooms with Color TV and HBO!!!!! We had a fun time!! 
Debbie <[email protected]>
millington, MD USA - Monday, October 27, 2003 at 14:17:03 (EST) 
The summer of '77. What a summer! I was one of the "Ohio crowd" who went to Cooke city to work at the Watucke. Jim Schmidt, Audrey, Lynn Nuesse, Jane Hall and others came out as well. I ended up marrying Lynn in '82 and we had two girls. Lynn just passed away about 18 months ago. Wow the times we we had. Camping up at Goose Lake, going to the "Hot Pots" in the middle of the night, late nights at Ma Perkins or in Silver Gate. I remember the bears coming down in July and going through the garbage bins outside the Watuck every night around 11:30 or so. I cannot believe how much we drank that summer. Enough for a lifetime but it was great at the time. I have always wanted to get back to Cooke City with my girls to show them where mom and dad lived but have not made it back yet. I will though. I have travelled all over the world on business and Cooke City stands out as one of the most unique and beautiful places I have ever been. If anyone from the summer of '77 sees this drop me a line..........Dan 
Dan Dempsey <[email protected]>
GA USA - Wednesday, October 29, 2003 at 03:17 PM (EST)

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