Montana Trails Gallery
7915 River Road
Bozeman, MT 59718
Please call or email to make an appointment,
406.586.2166 or email@example.com
On the morning of March 5th, 2009 a tragic accident destroyed
the Montana Trails Gallery and took the life of our Gallery Director,
Tara Bowman. The natural gas explosion completely destroyed five historic downtown buildings, damaged several others, and closed a number
of businesses indefinately.
As the many people fortunate enough to have met Tara know, she was a
special person who will be missed by all. She was described as an
angel and a light in the Bozeman community. We knew her as a
hard working, caring, and beautiful women with a big heart and smile to match. Undoubtably, an irreplacable part of the business at MTG.
She will be dearly missed forever.
This was our Christmas card photo taken in December of 2007. John, Nicole, Tara, Steve, Travis and Bales.
Currently, as the investigation into the exact cause of the blast continues to drag on, we are reopening the gallery in a new location just down the street from the old building. We are happy to report that we are now open again
in a fresh new space on the corner of Rouse and Main Street.
Please stop in and say hello when you get a chance.
The New Montana Trails Gallery
Photos of the old gallery site and explosion....
This photo was taken moments after the explosion by workers on the 1st Security Bank building.
This photo shows what was left of our building, Lilly Lu and the Legion Club weeks later.
When the snow melted it left an amazing mess; the back of Boodles and the R Bar are seen here as well.
This truck was in the wrong place at the wrong time, behind the Rocking R Bar.
At one point, we were allowed to go sift through the debris in hopes of finding something of value....
There were a few Bronze sculptures that survived, but no paintings, books, or much of anything else.
Sacagawea by Eugene Daub was recovered from the rubble.
We would like to thank all who have helped us and sent good wishes in this time of tragedy. Thanks also to our friends and families and the entire downtown community. Our customers and artists have really been our motivation to rebuild and move on. Thanks to Chris and Ellie at the downtown business partnership and all that donated to the relief fund. And thanks to the fire crews, city workers and employees of Northwestern Energy that were involved with the emergency efforts at the time of the explosion. Times like these really say so much about what kind of town we live in and the great people that make it special. Downtown Bozeman will prevail.
This photo was taken from the corner of Rouse and Main...right in front of our new location.