7 Historic & Adventure-Filled Towns to Visit in Central Montana

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Central Montana, where the soaring Rocky Mountains meet the sweeping Great Plains, is perhaps the state at its finest. This is the land of sprawling cattle ranches, trout-laden rivers and small Western towns that easily could have stepped from an old homespun tale. The area is rich in history, from the intrepid Lewis and Clark Expedition’s path down the Missouri River to the eerily raw landscape at the First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park. Central … Read more

Unique Adventures in Central Montana

The phone rings. It’s my cousin and she’s looking for ideas for a summer vacation. Before I ask what interests her family has, I start blurting out an entire list of ideas. Knowing there are kids involved I immediately think of our our summer dinosaur digs and our six amazing museums on Montana’s Dinosaur Trail. If they are traveling on US Hwy 2 (Montana’s Hi-Line) they could stop at the Blaine County Museum in Chinook and … Read more

Ivan Doig Memorial Highway Named

I had only met author Ivan Doig twice but, in those brief meetings, I felt he truly loved the landscapes of his youth. I was also amazed at how humbled he was by the amount of people that turned out at his Montana book signings to see him, hear him read from his novels and hopefully get his autograph. Beyond having a great fondness for the landscapes of Central Montana where he was born and raised, he seemed … Read more

White Sulphur Springs Puts On A Show

I recruited my kids and grandkids for a weekend in White Sulphur Springs over Labor Day this year. They were excited to go but those who had never been there asked what would we do. Well…cue my list of activities and recreation! First of all, the drive over the Kings Hill Scenic Byway on US Hwy 89 is always a pleasure. The Lewis & Clark National Forest straddles the highway and there are several scenic pullouts. The leaves … Read more

The Barnsion – A Barn That Became A Mansion

When I first heard the name of this new event center a few miles east of Harlowton I wasn’t sure I understood it. The Barnsion? Well, it was explained to me that it started out as a barn, then a few additions and updates later and locals began calling it a Barnsion because it was slowly becoming a mansion. And a mansion it is! I was lucky to go to a meeting at The Barnsion. … Read more

Missouri River Breaks Ferry Crossing

I drove to Winifred the other day and then took the gravel road from town to the McClelland/Stafford Ferry. This ferry crossing is in the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument, an area managed by the Bureau of Land Management that stretches along the Upper Missouri for about 149 miles. The ferry name is confusing – some folks say Stafford/McClelland, others McClelland/Stafford. I have decided it is based on whether you live north or south of the river. … Read more

I Finally Got to Swift Dam

Well, there is a story about me going to Swift Dam west of Dupuyer, Montana! Many years ago I had never heard of Swift Dam. Everytime someone mentioned it I became more intrigued and decided I was going to go. However, I wasn’t sure how to get there. I was told the road was iffy. Then, when I was in the area the weather was looking like a storm and I was advised to not … Read more

Havre’s New Hotel

Havre’s newest hotel opened recently and I was fortunate to get a personal tour of the property. The Best Western Plus Havre Inn & Suites is located on the north side of US Hwy 2 near Havre’s Holiday Village Mall and adjacent to Murphy’s Pub. As you enter the hotel lobby you feel like you are in a huge metropolitan hotel. The lobby decor is beautiful, trendy, spacious and inviting. One lobby display really caught … Read more

Priest Butte Geological Formation Near Choteau

I’ve driven US Hwy 89 many times and each time I am between Fairfield and Choteau I pass by what is known as Priest Butte. The terrain surrounding the butte is flat so it really stands out, even from a distance. I was traveling north from Great Falls to Dupuyer the other day and had plenty of time so I turned west on Priest Butte Road, just before I got to the butte. It was … Read more

Revisiting Memories at Zurich Park

I grew up in Chinook, Montana on US Hwy 2. About midway between Chinook and Harlem is the tiny town of Zurich. Historians tell me Zurich was named by a railroad conductor traveling this route. According to the story, he spun a globe and pointed at Zurich, Switzerland and named the Montana location after it. We pronounce Zurich, Montana with a “ch”, not a “k” sound and I suspect the terrain is vastly different between … Read more