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Reclusive ice cream maker Wilcoxson’s turns 100

Wilcoxson's Ice Cream

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Head ice cream dipper Carmel Wood, of The Pickle Barrel in Bozeman, displays a quadruple scoop waffle cone filled with numerous flavors of Wilcoxson's Ice Cream. 

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Carl Wilcoxson 1929
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Carl Wilcoxson in his store in 1929

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Wilcoxson's 1937-40
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Wilcoxson's workers in the late 1930s

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Wilcoxson's early 1950s
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Wilcoxson's store in the early 1950s

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Wilcoxson's 1915
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Wilcoxson's store in 1915

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Wilcoxson's Billings
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A Wilcoxson's truck in Billings 

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Wilcoxson's Billings
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Wilcoxson's Billings facility

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Wilcoxson's Candymakers
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Candymakers at Wilcoxson's

Wilcoxson's Truck
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Wilcoxson's truck

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Carl Wilcoxson 1914 Yellowstone Park
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Carl Wilcoxson in 1914 standing with one of the carts used to take his ice cream to Yellowstone National Park

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Carl Wilcoxson by Park truck
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Carl Wilcoxson standing next to one of his trucks, which delivered ice cream to Yellowstone National Park

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Swingley and Ruegg
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Harry Swingley, left, and Joe Ruegg 

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LIVINGSTON — There is no limping old man in a purple crushed velvet jacket and top hat to welcome the rare visitor to the Wilcoxson’s Ice Cream factory.

There are no Oompa-Loompas tending rivers of chocolate and fields of sweets behind the vanilla concrete-block and stucco walls along Livingston’s Main Street.

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Jason Bacaj can be reached at jasonb@dailychronicle.com or at 406-582-2635. Bacaj is on Twitter at @j_bacaj.

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