LEWISTOWN – The American Prairie Reserve announced this week that it has chosen the Power Mercantile Building in Lewistown as the future home of the Reserve’s National Discovery Center.
A press release from the organization says that the National Discovery Center will eventually serve as a “jumping off” point for visitors traveling to experience trails, wildlife, camping, and other recreational opportunities on the Reserve and nearby public lands.
They also plan to offer entertaining and educational exhibits, programming, and events at the facility.
Alison Fox, CEO of American Prairie Reserve, said the organization spent more than 18 months soliciting input from community members, city leaders, and other stakeholders, and conducted a survey of potential sites before selecting the Power Mercantile, also known as the Reid’s building. The conservation organization took ownership of the building on September 12.
“We are thrilled to be growing our investment in the Lewistown community,” said Fox. “The Power Mercantile building has an incredibly rich history and we’re excited to be able to contribute to the revitalization happening in the downtown area.”
Fox says Lewistown was a natural choice for the location of the National Discovery center for many reasons, including its proximity to the Reserve and amenities like hotels, restaurants and a regional airport.
Earlier this summer, the Reserve also announced their Hut To Trail system, which will eventually link several affordable huts across a 200-mile prairie trail system intended to create more recreational opportunity.
Reporting by David Sherman for MTN News