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Wibaux County, Montana
The town of Wibaux and the county of Wibaux are both named for Pierre Wibaux,a Frenchman, who gave up opportunities in his family's textile business in France to seek his fortune in the cattle industry of the American northwest. He arrived in Dakota Territory in 1883 at the age of 25 and established his W- Ranch 12 miles north of the present city of Wibaux. He ran his cattle on the open range between the Yellowstone and Missouri Rivers. During thetime from 1883 to 1900 he acquired nearly 60,000 head of cattle and became the world's biggest cattle rancher. Among his friends were Theodore Roosevelt, who at the time was ranching in the Badlands of Dakota about 30 miles east and Marquis deMores, a fellow Frenchman who had undertaken a grandiose meat packing and meat marketing enterprise in Dakota also. The town of Medora, North Dakota is named after deMores wife. When the Homestead Act was passed, Pierre Wibaux had to close down his ranching operation and leave the land he had built his dreams on. By that time he owned 95% of the Bank he had started in Miles City, Montana. He owned the Cloverleaf Gold Mine near Deadwood, SD and renamed it Rubaiux because that is where he was born in France in 1858. He stayed in the Eastern Montana area. His wife, Mary Ellen Cooper Wibaux, and his son, Cyril, returned to France so Cyril could continue his education there. Pierre Wibaux died in Chicago at the age of 55 in 1913, his twice-life size statue stands near the city of Wibaux "overlooking the land he loved so well". His Father Achille Wibaux sent him $ 2000 in 1895 to have St. Peter's Catholic Church built. It is a beautiful Historic Building covered with native lava rock. The Pierre Wibaux Museum has many of Pierre's antiques housed in it and tours are given daily during the summer. Included in the Museum are Office and Town House erected by Pierre in 1892, one of the MONTANA CENTENNIAL TRAIN CARS that went to the Worlds Fair in New York in 1964, A Livery Stable and an Antique Barber Shop. The Historic Business District is nearby. Wibaux, Montana is located on I94 first stop in Montana on the North Dakota Montana border. Wibaux County is a county almost the size of the State of Rhode Island with a total population of nearly 1100 citizens. A visit to Wibaux will leave the visitor with a feeling of the old west and small towns where friendly people greet you.
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112 East Orgain Avenue
Wibaux, Montana 59353
The historic Wibaux Museum is open May through September indown-town Wibaux Montana. The museum in Wibaux is made up of four buildings. The Pierre Wibaux house is one of the museum buildings. Wibaux is located on I94 first and last stop on the Montana North Dakota border. Pierre Wibaux was a Frenchman who came to this territory in 1883 and became the World's Largest Cattleman with up to 65,000 head of cattle which he ran on the open range during the late 1800's until the Homesteaders started staking their claims.
You will enjoy seeing the Townhouse Museum built by Wibaux and Henry Boice in 1892. Also, included in the Museum is a car from the Montana Centennial Train which went to the World's Fair in New York City in 1964; an Antique Barber Shop and a Livery Stable with a 1925 Rumely Oil Pull Tractor on display. Enjoy the history and a tour of the historical business district in this little Eastern Montana town. You can contact the Chamber of Commerce; Pierre Wibaux Museum; Montana State Visitor Information Center; or City of Wibaux. All inquiries will be answered. We know you will enjoy your visit with us.
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