At first glance, Zurich, Montana feels like it’s teetering on ghost-town status. Some of the most prominent buildings in town appear to be abandoned and falling apart. But, there is a nice pair of photogenic grain elevators here, which make Zurich worth checking out.
Zurich, Montana is located about 30 miles east of Havre, Montana, on US 2.
It doesn’t take a lot of effort to see the sights in Zurich, Montana. Once you turn off the Hi-Line, you’ll cross the railroad tracks and arrive in town. At one point, the Zurich Cash Store must have been the center of activity in town. Now, it’s a patchwork of boards and broken windows, trying to survive another hot summer and harsh winter.
Zurich is known around the world for being a center of world finance. Of course, that’s Zurich, Switzerland. In Zurich, Montana, the “bank” looks more like a one-car garage.
Zurich has a stately pair of elevators standing next to the railroad tracks. The red one appears to be older than the grey one. I’m guessing that they are a frequent subject for photographers on the Hi-Line.
I was able to peek inside the red one. It looks to be in pretty bad shape.
Zurich does offer a small public park, north of town. This very specific sign will point you in the right direction. If you go 1.35 miles, you’ve missed it.
Here’s a look at the drive eastbound on the Hi-Line, from East Glacier Park Village to Malta, Montana:
… and here’s a closer look at just the cities on the Hi-Line:
The Bottom Line
Zurich, Montana’s twin elevators are a good enough reason to detour off of US 2. Take a few pictures and look around the town before continuing on your adventure across the Hi-Line.