During the 2003 Montana Legislature, Representative Frank Smith, D-Poplar, sponsored the bill that became state law, designating Wolf Point as the official home of the Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame. A sign referencing the location of the future home of the MCHF has been put in place. A web site, created by the organizers is now available and can be accessed at www.montanacowboyfame.com.
The future facility will sit on an 8-acre site on the eastern edge of Wolf Point off U.S. Highway 2 on land the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway donated to the Wolf Point Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture in 1988. A Preliminary Engineering Review was completed May, 2006 on the area described as the “Old Roundhouse Property” which will identify the public facility needs for the site based upon the proposed development.
The concept of creating a Wolf Point-based historical museum began when community activists wanted to build a Wild Horse Stampede and local museum. Wolf Point is home to the oldest continually held rodeo in the state, and the Wolf Point Wild Horse Stampede Committee has been given top honors 14 times in the past 15 years by the Montana Pro Rodeo Circuit Finals contestants. The City of Wolf Point is also home to the late legendary stock contractor--Marvin Brookman, as well as the birthplace of Hollywood star and cowboy hero-- Montie Montana.
Those interested in donating memorabilia to the museum will eventually need to submit a letter of intention specifying their donation. Memorabilia depicting the history of settlers, ranches and rodeos may include old saddles, photographs, spurs, hats, canteens, whips, chaps, bridles, reins, boots, branding irons, clothing, belts and belt buckles, beadwork and Native American regalia, cowboy art, old posters and/or advertisements.