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Archive | September, 2010


Charlie Russell History

Russell Country, named after western artist Charlie Russell, has an amazing way to discover the landscapes that captivated Charlie. The Russell Auto Tour booklet uses reproductions of Russell paintings to show landscapes that you can still see today. The route is primarily from Great Falls to Lewistown on US Hwy 87 and the state legislature has dubbed […]

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A Visit to Circle Bar Ranch

I’ve been fortunate to visit several of our amazing guest ranches this past summer and I was just at Circle Bar Guest Ranch near Utica. It did rain while I was there but I’m not going to complain about the rain! As you enter the main lodge of the Circle Bar there is a massive double-sided fireplace, […]

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What The Hay – What An Event!

The Montana Bale Trail – What The Hay event is always held the first Sunday after Labor Day and it is certainly a date worth noting on your future calendars. This year the weather was picture-perfect. Since I had painted haybales in steady rain Thursday, just a few days ago, I had my doubts about the […]

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Some What The Hay Competition

Aha! The latest word on the street is that someone, who looks a lot like Art Taft, has been secretly building an entry for the What The Hay competition Sunday, September 12. Nobody would have known except for a garage door inadvertently left open. Although this photo doesn’t show the entire entry you have to […]

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What The Hay – Building An Entry

The Russell Country board has painted haybales for the What The Hay event for quite a few years now. The event is held the first Sunday after Labor Day. What began as a spoof between two neighbors has grown into one of Montana’s most unique events. Decorated haybales dot the landscape between Windham, Utica and […]

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More About Two Medicine Dinosaur Center

It seems to be quite a contrast to be in such a tiny town (Bynum, MT) with a population of about 27 people and find this unique dinosaur facility. Ongoing paleo digs are a great part of summer activities at Two Medicine but the center itself has amazing displays. It is one of the “stars” on the Montana Dinosaur […]

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In The Dinosaur Bone Prep Lab

I was busy trying to absorb all of the information being patiently explained and feeling slightly inadequate because I knew so little about what was in the bone prep lab at Two Medicine Dinosaur Center. This photo shows one of the Center’s interns working on a bone that had been “field jacketed” which is what is […]

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On The Montana Dinosaur Trail

Do you know about the Montana Dinosaur Trail? I recently visited several locations on the trail, beginning along the Rocky Mountain Front. Our first stop was to be at an active dinosaur dig west of Choteau. The dig is managed by Two Medicine Dinosaur Center in Bynum and we were to meet them as they […]

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Chautauqua at the Russell Museum

A week ago I attended an outdoor chautauqua at the C. M. Russell Museum in Great Falls, MT. The event followed the model of the original Chautauqua movement founded in Chautauqua, NY in 1874. Characters invited to the chautauqua were relative to the time period that western artist Charlie Russell and his wife Nancy lived in […]

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