The Life and Legend of Yellowstone Kelly exhibit at Blaine County Museum


April 3, 2024

Olivia Downs and Austin Haney, staff members at the Blaine County Museum, study one of the panels of the Yellowstone Kelly exhibit on display at the local museum. Luther "Yellowstone" Kelly was a soldier, adventurer and scout who spent much of his life in the Yellowstone and Missouri River territories. The exhibit, on loan from the Western Heritage Center in Billings, depicts the life of the close friend and member of President Teddy Roosevelt's "tennis court."

The Blaine County Museum in Chinook is currently hosting an exhibit about the life of Yellowstone Kelly. Luther Sage Kelly was a Union soldier during the latter stages of the Civil War. He spent much of the remainder of his life in the American West as a hunter, scout, adventurer and eventually as a government official in the Philippines and Indian Agent in Arizona. Kelly was a member of President Teddy Roosevelt's "tennis court," a group of close friends and confidents of the president known for his love of the outdoors and adventure.

The nine-panel exhibit is one of a dozen or so exhibits cr...

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