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Friday, March 16, 2018

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Charley Montana will reopen as a boarding house

By Vicki Viall

Ranger-Review Staff Writer

Charley Montana is reopening — but with a twist. The newest incarnation will be as a boarding house.

Rooms will be rented weekly. For those wishing to stay longer, they will be able to do so but the rate will still be charged at the weekly rate.

“Though breakfast will be served, it will consist of non cooked items such as yogurt and bagels. Guests will be expected to dine elsewhere,” Don Brown, co-manager of Charley Montana, stated.

For those unfamiliar with the Charley Montana, it was built as a private residence by Charles Krug in 1906. At the time, it was a 26 room mansion and 8,000 square feet.

Krug was a banker, however, he made his fortune in livestock. Every payday, he would purchase a head of livestock. His famous quote, known well around town in his time, was, “Buy sheep.”

Though Krug died in 1929, the house remained in the family until Jim and Katherine Lee purchased the home from the family in 1996.

The Lees owned the home until it was purchased by Sonia and Kevin Maxwell, the current owners.

When the Lees purchased the home, they did an extensive renovation yet, managed to keep the home much as it was during Krug’s life.

The house will be available to rent for corporate retreats, special events, weddings in addition to boarding.

“We are planning to host events that we are calling “Live on the Lawn,” shared Don Brown.

“These events may include acoustic musicians/band performing for guests seated on the lawn or those strolling around the gardens.”

Charles Krug was a dedicated family man who cared greatly about Glendive. 

The Browns want to keep that spirit alive in the Charley Montana and allow the community access and with events such as “Live on the Lawn” to give back to the community.

Vicki Viall can be contacted at rrwriter@rangerreview.com.

Get the whole story in the Sunday, July 6, 2014, print issue of the Ranger-Review.
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