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An Old West Afternoon

Sunday afternoon was one of those perfect summer days – temps about 90, no humidity, a light breeze, cottonball-like clouds and blue sky. I decided to attend an outdoor concert on the lawn at the C. M. Russell Museum in Great Falls, MT. Music was provided by the Old West Trio, aptly named because they played songs of […]

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A Decision Made Correctly

Over 200 years ago the Lewis & Clark Expedition traveled up the mighty Missouri River. When they approached the confluence of the Marias and Missouri Rivers, directions weren’t so clear. Some members of the expedition felt the Marias was the right river to take, others said the Missouri was the main river. A wrong decision would […]

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River History – The Upper Missouri River

Take a tip from the locals – a float trip on the Upper Missouri River should just be part of everyone’s summer.  Before you go, schedule a visit to the Bureau of Land Management’s Upper Missouri River Breaks Interpretive Center in Fort Benton. The BLM center is located right along the river bank and as you enter the […]

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Living History in Fort Benton, MT

Fort Benton, MT is located on the Missouri River about 40 minutes from Great Falls. It was once dubbed the World’s Most Inland Port because of all the steamboats that landed there. You’d be hard pressed to visit Fort Benton and not know how proud this town is of it’s history. This past week I […]

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Putting Up A Tipi

I’d like to say I know how to put up a tipi after this past week. Let’s just say I’ve got a general idea of how it needs to be done. We watched one go up at River Camp behind the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center in Great Falls, MT. There were a few struggles […]

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The Bair Essentials

Central Montana’s pride, The Bair Museum near Martinsdale,  opened for the season May 1st. This coming Saturday FFA students from Plenty Coup High School will raise a tipi and then lead Crow Indian cultural events on the museum grounds.Tipi raising begins at 11am and is open to the public. Traditional Indian tacos and beverages will […]

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Touring the Buffalo Jump Near Ulm, MT

I recently helped show off one of our great visitor attractions to several international folks traveling through northcentral Montana. Our plans were to visit First People’s Buffalo Jump State Park about 15 minutes from Great Falls, MT near the small town of Ulm. When this tour was planned a month ago I wondered what kind […]

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Blackfeet Painted Tipi Exhibit

I recently toured the new Blackfeet Painted Tipi exhibit installed at the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center in Great Falls, MT. The colorful and educational exhibit details different tipi designs used by the Blackfeet tribe from northwestern Montana. This exhibit will remain at the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center through summer and fall so it […]

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Spinning A Yarn

Some folks spin a yarn and tell a story, others really do spin yarn! Once a month a local group of spinners and weavers sets up spinning wheels in a Great Falls, MT museum and demonstrates this amazing art. This group was at the C M Russell Museum one Sunday afternoon. I had just completed […]

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