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The River Hub - Craig, Montana

The United States enjoys an abundant supply of navigable waterways. From north to south and east to west, rivers driven by gravity make efficient bulk shipping from ocean ports to inland metropolitan areas possible. In the late 1800’s, railways extended shipping ports’ reach by linking rural America with trains.

CRAIG, MONTANA - Est., 1888

James Jerome Hill, primary stockholder and president of the St. Paul, Minneapolis & Manitoba Railway (StPM&M), established the Montana Central Railway on January 25, 1886. Few railroads served Montana then. Butte and Helena needed to get their newfound gold and silver riches to market. Canadian coal companies were eager to get their fuel to Montana smelters. James Hill's plans included building StPM&M across northern Montana and building a north-south railroad through central Montana to connect Great Falls with Helena and Butte.

Railroad tracks fit the Missouri River’s smooth stream banks perfectly and provided a direct north-south route. Montana Central Railway built upon this natural feature. Along the way, they chose the Township of Craig as a central staging zone between Great Falls and Helena. Starting in 1887, steam engines came to a slow stop in front of Block 1 Lot 1 and took on water from the tower next to the tracks. In 1888, trains delivered covered wagons to Craig Mercantile located on the property. On September 18, 1889, Hill changed the name of the Minneapolis and St. Cloud Railway to the Great Northern Railway. History followed.

Homesteaders helped build the township of Craig into a small business district located in the heart of the wild west. Sterling Ranch Company loaded their livestock onto cattle cars headed towards larger markets. Craig Mercantile received hardware and groceries and distributed them locally. Next door, The Hub Saloon entertained guests in an authentic, old western style, dance hall. Dearborn Crossing, the local stagecoach stop, no longer greeted covered wagons and suspiciously burned to the ground.

Craig, Montana - Adventure, Danger, Romance and a few fish.

Steam Engines rolled on the river trail for a century. Now, Fly Fishermen walk the empty rails.

Since 1989

Memories fulfilled.

According to the New York Times.

Pirate Code

The River Hub Since 1888 - Craig, Montana

Lot 1, Block 1, Township of Craig, 1888

Peter Schuttler Covered Wagons Sold at Craig Mercanitle

1990 - E. Neele Streeks / Pat Elam Shadow Boxes

The River Hub - 1994

Lot 1, Block 1, Township of Craig - 2022

Uncle Joe's Bar - Serving history for a Long Time.

100 Steps from The Trout Shop Lodge

Large, Wild, Brown Trout

Large, Wild, Rainbow Trout

Trout Don't Care if it's Snowing. Neither do whitefish.

Sometimes It's the "Mighty Mo"

You Need a Cup of Tungsten Pink Amex

Pink AMEX Work in Argentina. Do you have enough?

Your View From Lookout Lodge

Nobody Home. Wonder Where They Are?

Drift Boat Rentals - Ready When You Are

Stay Here Buddy. Let me sneak up on these guys.

Walleye Don't Stand a Chance Against TC's Rubber Leg Buggers.

Obviously, The "Silver Fox" Was Here

They'll Let Anyone in This Place.

Adventure, Danger, Romance and a Few Fish Await You.

Say Hello To Some of our Little Friends.

Lots and Lots of Missouri River Trout Flies

Top Quality Gear Meeting Your River Challenges.

All Roads Lead to Craig, Montana.

Front Row Parking

When It Snows, You Enjoy the Beauty

When the Snow Melts, You Have to Settle for This

Thank You!

After a Long Night at Joe's Bar.

More Local History Just Up the Road in Wolf Creek


Everywhere You Go

Spoken Like a True Pirate

Hot Soup Awaits You at Joe's Bar After You Take the Plunge

The End of The Rainbow. Really? That's Awesome.

Lookout Lodge - 3 Acres Surrounded by 5 Miles of Conservation Protection.

"Little Big Man" Donated the Land for The Craig Boat Ramp.

Cherish the Moment

Holter Dam - Where it All Begins.

Too Big for the Lens

Mountain Palace

Which One Should I Cast To?

Ready for Repair.

My Shuttle Better Be Here. Like My Vest?

Spotted from a Private Plane

Darn Parking Brake

Saved for tomorrow.



Guide Appreciates it if You Cast Downstream

If you want to hang with the big dogs, you have to learn how to piss in the tall grass.

Shakey's Medicine

Returns to the scene every year.

Where's the Train?

Oxygen Bob - Best Shuttle Driver Ever.

Got Bugs?

Missouri River Guides Business Card

Fall Scenery

Top Secret Fishing Location

Spite Hill Pet

Walk to Craig - Sterling Ranch House

Sterling Ranch Lodge - Group Events

Lewis & Clark saw this without a bridge.

Row, row, row the boat.....Gently down the stream.

Canyon Catering - Some things never change. Thank Goodness.

Chester in the Driver's Seat.

Only Pat Elam had a direct line to Dave Druck.

Larry Taramelli - The Trout Shop's first Employee?


Wolf Creek Bridge 1992, 1993.....2023.

Same deal. Same location. Maybe a little busier now.

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