First of all, thanks to Carol Ann Schaeffer in Winnett, Montana for sending these two beautiful photos.
Three weeks ago I drove by Winnett enroute to a meeting in Sidney. I had a fair amount of miles to go and I didn’t take the turn in to Winnett. Now I can enjoy photos of the fall beauty that may have just been starting when I was there.
Winnett is in Petroleum County and both of those names will usually win a trivia contest. With a population somewhere between 150 – 200 people, it’s a quiet little spot and you’ll even find Montanans searching their memory banks to locate it. The clue – Highway 200 heading east of Lewistown.
Most folks who travel to Winnett and Petroleum County are recreation minded and you’ll find lots of hunting right now – pronghorn (locally referred to as antelope or speed-goats), deer and upland game bird. Nearby reservoirs and the Missouri and Musselshell Rivers attract floaters and fishermen, all seeking quiet and solitude in this wide open space.
This rainbow photo makes you wonder what’s at the “pot ‘o gold” site!
Next time you are out to explore Montana’s High Plains, stop in Winnett, enjoy some home-cooking at the cafe and chat a bit with the locals.