It’s not every day you see a beat-up orange VW Beetle perched on top of a building off of U.S. Highway 93 in northern Montana. Feeling adventurous? Then take a little detour and stop by the Miracle of America Museum, where you’ll get to feast your eyes on more than 150,000 American history artifacts.
Located in the extreme northeastern corner of Montana’s Flathead Reservation, the Miracle of America museum was founded in 1981 by Gil and Joanne Mangels, who have spent many years collecting historical items of every nature and size, from army vehicles to old cookware and appliances. The Mangels’ believe the preservation of such national treasures benefit the young and old alike, as it keeps us connected to our nation’s past and helps rekindle long-forgotten memories.
As you walk through the museum, you’ll see items grouped by type, such as this kitchen section, which boasts of such relics as an antique cast iron stove and numerous cooking gadgets.
You’ll feel as if you stepped back in time to the 1950’s when you browse through this mock-up soda shop, complete with old glassware and metal advertisement signs.
The immaculate detail the Mangels’ put into preserving each artifact is clearly evident in everything you see and touch.