The diorama represents several blocks from the center of Big Timber in 1907. It took six years to build.
All the buildings were built by Orvin Fjare, a master miniaturist. Bev Josephson was a painter of miniatures in Big Timber. She was assisted by several members of the women’s club in painting the buildings.
To get the stained glass windows of the Congregational Church correct, Bev sat outside the church and painted the miniature windows.
The diorama is full of little surprises - a hobo tucked in the bushes, a swing hanging from a branch from an apple tree, even down to the detail of the bars on the jail. It’s mesmerizing to kids young and old.