Joplin Memorial Park
The small town of Joplin boasts one of the nicest community parks in the area. This picturesque park features a Gazebo at its center and a sidewalk lined with memorial plaques dubbed "Forget-Me-Not Lane". The park also has restrooms, picnic shelters, horseshoe pits, a playground, and an RV dump. The Joplin Park is a popular camping spot for bicyclists traversing the country on US Highway 2. Every Father's Day weekend Joplin hosts "Art in the Park and the Joplin Car Show", which has become one of Liberty County's premier events.
Chester City Park
The Chester city park is also a popular overnight camping spot for bicyclists traveling US Highway 2. The park features restrooms, a picnic shelter, a playground, and a beautiful corner filled with flowers which is lovingly maintained by the Chester Garden Club. The Chester City Park is posted as a "tobacco free park".
The Lions park, located on US Highway 2 in Chester, is a roadside rest area with restrooms, tourist information, picnic shelters, and an RV dump. The Lions Park is also the home of the Chamber of Commerce's "Summer Fair" every Thursday afternoon from 5:30 to 7:00 mid-June thru mid-September. The Lion's Park is posted as "tobacco free park".
Located on the beautiful Marias River just below Tiber Dam, Stanford Park has designated campsites, primitive restroom facilities, horseshoe pits, picnic areas, a baseball field, and playground equipment. There is also a boat launch at Sanford Park.
The 4-H campground is a public camping area approximately 3 miles south of Whitlash near the Sweet Grass HIlls. The campground features electric hookups for RVs, picnic shelters, and primitive restrooms. Breed creek runs through the campground. There are no fees, but donations are encouraged and can be left in the on-site donation box. For further questions, call the Liberty County Extension office at 759-5625.
Located three blocks south of US Highway #2 in Chester, the Liberty County Museum features authentic displays of the Homestead Era. The museum is open from Memorial Day through September 15. Information can be obtained at the courthouse.
Season Opening and Closing of the Pool June 1st – August 21st (Tentative)
Phone – 759-POOL (7665)
Initially intended for agricultural irrigation, Tiber Dam / Lake Elwell provides an abundance of recreational opportunities to the area. Several boat ramps and campsites dot the lake's 181-mile shoreline. Fishing, camping, boating, and water sports are popular summertime activities at the lake. On a year-round basis, the lake is an important walleye and pike fishery. The walleye state record was caught in Lake Elwell in 2007...a whopping 17.75 lbs. Downstream of the dam, the pristine Marias River provides angling opportunities for rainbow and brown trout.
Liberty Village Arts Center and Gallery, located in Chester, sponsors local, state, and national visual and graphic art shows and workshops. The art center is open Tuesday through Friday and Sunday afternoon, year round. The art center houses a small gift shop of original art work which includes pottery, paper, wheat, and metal sculptures, jewelry, photographs, paintings and much more including tapes and cd’s by international pianist Phil Aaberg, a Chester native who returns to the area regularly to perform and support the local arts programs. The Art Center actively encourages local elementary school, high school, and adult artists by incentive awards and opportunities to exhibit their work.
The Sweetgrass Hills in the northern part of Liberty County are really mountains and unique in that they are the highest isolated peaks in the United States. Rising to nearly 7,000 feet, these mountains are volcanic in origin. Charles M. Russell, the famous Montana cowboy painter, knew these hills well and did quite a lot of painting there. Russell had a partnership in a ranch located on Kicking Horse Creek in West Butte. He declared the scenery of the Hills picture perfect since he used them as a backdrop for many of his paintings. The history of the hills is colorful and exciting. Lewis and Clark saw these hills and recorded them as "the broken hills". Later trappers and prospectors came to the hills and there was a short gold rush. These hills were a Blackfoot Indian Reservation and soldiers were assigned to the area in 1888. A military camp was located on the south side of East Butte. Indians and early explorers used the Hills as a lookout for game and trouble. Teepee rings may be found in several locations along with piskun or buffalo jumps. There are many caves of varying sizes in the hills, some of seven or more rooms. Gold mining of long ago has left behind the remains of a ghost town on Gold (Middle) Butte. There were thousands of people there at one time but the days of extensive gold panning are gone. There have been many reports of fabulous deposits of many minerals such as gold, silver, copper, lead and also coal but none have been verified accurately or extensively enough to warrant development.
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