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“An inspiring place” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Wahkpa Chu'gn Archaeological Site

Wahkpa Chu'gn Archaeological Site
1745 Hwy 2 West, Havre, MT 59501
406-265-6417
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Ranked #1 of 12 things to do in Havre
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Signal Mountain, Tennessee
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“An inspiring place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2013

Let me clarify: the site itself is fairly interesting in that it is a place where pre-historic Indians drove bison over a cliff to harvest them. There is an enormous collection of bones and other artifacts to suggest the history of the site.

What we found inspiring was the management of the site. It is essentially the work of a man and his wife who dedicate themselves to interpreting and preserving this interesting place. We had a tour with the Mrs. and she came out in a driving rain just for us. She was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about this site.

So, yes, this is an interesting place to visit, regardless of its management but because it is the passion of a dedicated couple, you can't help but want to support them. This is the one place in Havre to see if you are passing throgh.

Visited May 2013
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Billings, Montana
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“Excellent Place To Visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2013

This is such a cool place, I have never seen anything like it. It is an actual archaeological excavation. You get to see walls of buffalo bones and an actual Native American fire pit. I even got to throw an atlatl, what the natives used to hunt the buffalo. Good thing I didn't have to depend on my hunting skills to eat back then. I got my tour from the wife of the archaeologist who discovered the site when he was a kid back in the sixties. She gave an excellent tour, she was very friendly, gave a lot of background details and answered all my questions. They give tours regularly during the summer, but I got mine by calling the phone number. You can walk down the stairs, but they have a concrete trail that they drive you up and down on in a quad as it would be quite a hike. This is one of the best tours I have ever taken, I highly recommend it.

Visited May 2013
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Tennessee
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“well done”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2012

This is a fun and educational stop. It is not necessary to pay for a guided tour - but you make a big mistake if you just wander through unescorted. I was fortunate to have the wife of the archaeologist who discovered this site as tour guide. Everyone was very friendly. The tour was very affordable and every question was answered thoroughly. It was fascinating to learn about the ancient nomadic tribes and how they herded and killed the buffalo. One of the excellent displays even showed how the native Americans prepared and cooked the meat. This was lots better than expected. Look for the signs advertising The Buffalo Jump.

Visited September 2012
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Portland, OR
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“Even the kids enjoyed the tour!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2009

Tours are guided only on an informal schedule. Access to the site starts with a long decent on stairs. Visitors have to be able to handle the stairs to visit the dig areas. Once you're down the hill they do have an electric cart that can be used to traverse the hilllside. Each archeologically dig is contained in a small structure connected by an asphalt path. Our guide was the grandson of the man who discovered the site. He was very friendly, knowledgable, and entertaining. The tour culminates with a hands on activity. Guests are given the opportunity to try using the arrow throwing weapon (the name escapes me) the indians used to kill any surviving buffalo. Unfortunately, some of the site has been vandalized but it is still worth a visit. If you don't have much time I would recommend doing this over the underground tour. The UNDERGROUND TOUR is basically local artifacts contained in the basement of several buildings. The locations are "recreations" and not authentic. Very disappointing.

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