24 Hours in Great Falls, Montana

If you only had 24 hours to enjoy Great Falls what would you do? First of all you need to realize that you can’t see it all and you will get only a taste of the community. And that’s just what we did a week ago for visitors to the area. After checking in to the Hotel Arvon in downtown Great Falls, a dinner plan was decided. Our visitors wanted something casual and fun. Someone suggested Roadhouse Diner, … Read more

Antique Motorcycles Cruise in to Great Falls

One hundred antique motorcycles are spending the night in Great Falls tonight and their owners are busy tuning things up for tomorrow’s ride. The parking lot of Great Falls’ Heritage Inn looks like a cross between a museum and a mechanic’s garage. Bikes and their owners were working on parts, some were dismantling engines, all in 48 degree temps and a drizzle of rain. The Cannonball Motorcycle Ride is an endurance ride that could be … Read more

Dive Club Cleans Giant Springs

It seemed hilarious to see dive tanks and scuba gear-clad people in Giant Springs. This state park, located just beyond the east edge of Great Falls, is pretty specific about no swimming in the springs! The afternoon was beautiful although I erred on the side of caution and wore a light windbreaker. The sun was beaming and we had a light breeze rustling through the variety of trees at Giant Springs State Park. And then came those funny looking scuba … Read more

Young and Old Danced at The Little Shell Pow Wow

This past weekend I attended the Little Shell Pow Wow at First People’s Buffalo Jump State Park near Ulm, Montana. This was a traditional pow wow, not a competitive one, and the atmosphere was relaxed and family-oriented. I arrived early but not in time to manage to get a parking spot in the parking lot! Volunteers were very organized though and they had a system of directing vehicles in a pattern on the surrounding grassy areas. The … Read more

History at Lewistown’s Airfield

As you enter Lewistown from the west you see interpretive panels that showcase the part Lewistown’s airfield played in World War II. It became a training site for pilots flying B-17 bombers. I assume our open skies contributed to the location as two other communities in Montana, Great Falls and Cut Bank, also had crews training in their area. The bases were built quickly so the bomber crews could get their final proficiency training and then … Read more

Memories of Author Ivan Doig

Author Ivan Doig was born in White Sulphur Springs, Montana and moved to Dupuyer, Montana with his father when he was six years old. Both communities, and some in between, share their love for this author who became one of my favorites. Dupuyer has taken the lead on preserving Doig’s memories. He was born on June 27th and each year the community has Doig Day complete with birthday cake and a wonderful sharing of memories. … Read more

Central Montana’s 3 Famous Dogs

Dogs and history? Of course! Seaman There are three dogs in Central Montana’s history whose legacies live on today. In 1803 President Thomas Jefferson selected Meriwether Lewis to lead what became known as the Lewis & Clark Expedition. The mission – explore the Missouri River and waterways to the Pacific ocean in search of a water route across the continent. Captain Meriwether Lewis then invited William Clark to join and share command of the group. In … Read more

Enjoying Homemade Pie On The Pie Trail

Central Montana’s Pie a la Road has taken me to local restaurants I didn’t know existed. My latest pie sampling though was at Brooks Market and Deli on Lewistown’s Main Street and I had been there several times…I just hadn’t tried the pie. That was about to change. Three of us met for lunch on one of those beautiful spring days you wish you could experience every day. We walked in to Brooks Market and the first thing … Read more

Historic Belt Theater Reopens

A work in progress is what folks called it for many years. Prior to that the “old Belt theater” was just referred to as a mess. Today you would hope to take your best friends and family to see the beautifully restored theater and meeting space. The Historic Belt Theater held a grand opening last week and received rave reviews. As you walk down Castner Street in Belt, Montana, the storefront looks nice but you have no idea what … Read more

Cowboy Artist Charlie Russell: The Women In His Life and Art

A new exhibition just opened at the C. M. Russell Museum in Great Falls, Montana. At first glance, the title “Charles Russell: Women in His Life and Art” seems out of line, perhaps an ill-fit for America’s cowboy artist. Most western art aficionados I know value Russell artwork because he created such realistic images of wildlife and he portrayed the Plains Indian tribes with such accuracy. Since Russell lived the “cowboy way of life” he produced poignant and … Read more