Zurich, Montana: Almost a Ghost Town on the Hi-Line


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, Montana

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:

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… and here’s a closer look at just the cities on the Hi-Line:

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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.

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