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Big Lodge Espresso Tipi - Browning, MT
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member BK-Hunters
N 48° 33.339 W 113° 00.584
12U E 351703 N 5380012
Quick Description: Gas station, cafe, coffee shop, gift shop and espresso stand, this travelling teepee has been all of these.
Location: Montana, United States
Date Posted: 3/20/2019 8:17:16 PM
Waymark Code: WM108C9
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Dorcadion Team
Views: 1

Long Description:
As old as it looks, this teepee was originally a gas station, built in 1934. It appears to be built of formed concrete, similar to a later product known as ferrocrete. Moved shortly after it was built to make way for a new hospital, over the years the teepee has also been a cafe and a coffee shop before becoming Browning's first Espresso Stand.

Apparently the espresso stand, browning's first was in the building for many years but appears to have gone the way of the dodo bird. The most recent review of the place, when it was still open, was from 2015.

It's been around longer than any espresso stand you know of.

One of the coolest roadside attractions in Montana is also one of the oldest. For pure, old-school highway kitsch, you can't beat the concrete tipi espresso stand in Browning.

At 50 feet tall, this iconic cone is quite a bit larger than your regulation tipi. Built in 1934 by Robert Kramer, the tipi was originally a gas station where travelers could fill up their Hudsons, and hungry workers and tourists heading for Glacier Park could pick up a light lunch. Kramer's Wigwam, as it was known, was moved shortly after it was built in order to make room for a new hospital.

The tipi has also served as a café and coffee shop over the years, and eventually fulfilled its destiny by becoming the first espresso stand in Browning. Famed local sculptor Bob Scriver bought the tipi and moved it to its current location, on US 2 near the middle of town.

While you're waiting inside this peripatetic tipi for the kid behind the counter to whip up your half-caf mochaccino, you can browse through a variety of handcrafted jewelry, beaded moccasins, and other native art. Just don't ask for a table in the corner.
From Montana Curiosities: Quirky Characters, Roadside Oddities & Other Offbeat Stuff

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Building Address:
120 SE Boundary Street
Browning, MT USA

Is it open to the general public?: no

When was it built? (Approximate if you must.): 1/1/1934

What is the name of this building?: Big Lodge Espresso Tipi

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