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When There Was No Bridge Over Troubled Waters

When There Was No Bridge Over Troubled Waters

Today we take for granted the bridges that move us easily back and forth over the streams and rivers of Montana.  But before there were bridges, there were ferries

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Early Ranchers Had to be Road Builders as Well

Early Ranchers Had to be Road Builders as Well

Early ranchers had a lot to do to make their operation a success. That meant building roads to improve transportation in and out of the ranch.
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The Sweet Smell of Success

The Sweet Smell of Success

In 1910 the sugar beet business was piling up the profits in eastern Montana.

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Tall in the Saddle, and Dog Day Tired

Tall in the Saddle, and Dog Day Tired

The horse and his rider seem to be feeling better and doing pretty good, but the dog in the foreground, looks a little tuckered out.

Author: Jami Howell
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Riding Mowers are Nothing New

Riding Mowers are Nothing New

A few of us can still remember using man-powered push mowers to cut the lawn. But horses in the old days were no strangers to the task.
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When Humans Combined with Machines at Harvest

When Humans Combined with Machines at Harvest

Before farmers contracted out their combining or rode in air-conditioned combines of their own to harvest their crops, people had to do a lot of the work that machines do now.
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Back to School - Way Back to School

Back to School - Way Back to School

These were the days when the students had to dust out the erasers for the chalkboard and bring in fire wood to stay warm.

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Baseball Has a Long History in Montana

Baseball Has a Long History in Montana

The town, Stacey, had a baseball team from 1910 to 1930. The town, located in Powder River County northwest of Broadus, is no longer on the map.
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Hunting Season of Yore

Hunting Season of Yore

This photo was captured in front of what Joe Hilger called “Buffalo Bill Cabin” on his ranch just north of Helena in the 1890s.
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Trick Photography

Trick Photography

Evelyn Cameron ranched near Terry and is now remembered most for her photographs showing the frontier history of eastern Montana. 
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Times Have Changed in Billings, But You Could Always Get a Drink

Times Have Changed in Billings, But You Could Always Get a Drink

Billings has changed a lot since 1882 when the Bunch Grass Saloon offered early settlers a hard drink in a soft sided tent. 
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The Phone Line and the "Ghost"

The Phone Line and the "Ghost"

Historic photographs are interesting for many reasons. This one of Lew and Mary Williams in a buggy in front of their Big Sag Ranch house near Geraldine proves it.
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When Bucking Horses Were Bucking Horses

When Bucking Horses Were Bucking Horses

This year marked the 65th annual Miles City Bucking Horse Sale, and it’s good to remember where your roots began, partner.
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Clowning Around Was Taken Seriously in Early Days of Rodeo

Clowning Around Was Taken Seriously in Early Days of Rodeo

George Mills was one of the first rodeo clowns to hurdle a bull in the arena.

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Sheep Men Come to Town

Sheep Men Come to Town

Sheep men line up in front of their 10-horse wool wagons parked in front of the Henderson & Kramer store in Jordan.
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A Man, a Horse, and A Lady Friend

A Man, a Horse, and A Lady Friend

In the early days of Montana, first things came first. A cowboy takes time out to feed his colt
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Home Is Where the Heart Is

Home Is Where the Heart Is

Many homesteaders  would go broke in the 1920s in Montana, but those who made it built a solid future for their children.
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Lest We Forget the Independence Days of Our Past

Lest We Forget the Independence Days of Our Past

Styles might change and times do change, but Montanans and Old Glory and what the Fourth of July stands for will live on as long as independence is not forgotten.
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The Long and the Short Horns of It

The Long and the Short Horns of It

Legendary cattleman Nelson Story drove the first Texas longhorns into Montana in 1866.  A few years later Short horns made their first appearance.

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Say AHHHHHH Pardner

Say AHHHHHH Pardner

 It wasn’t easy being a cowboy – especially when the dentist came to camp.
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