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Haunted Helena: Grandstreet Theatre

The haunting of Grandstreet Theatre, which was originally the Unitarian Church built in 1901, is so famous that it is included in Haunted Places: The National Dictionary. Progressive Unitarians designed the church to double as public space, and so the sanctuary also functioned as a public auditorium w ith sloped seating, a beautiful proscenium arch, […]

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Fall

Get Lost this Fall in Southwest Montana

When referencing Montana, go to topics of conversation include: Glacier and Yellowstone National Parks, skiing, abundant hiking trails, packing trips to the wilderness areas, or even the winding dirt roads that connects one small town to the next. Most of these activities hit summer and winter travel, but what about the “off” season? Having lived […]

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Alice Creek Fire, from the Great Falls Tribune

Montana Fire Update

It’s September, and it was an especially dry summer. That means that in the west, there is only one appropriate topic of conversation. Wildfires. They’re kind of hard to miss. Northwestern Montana has some of the worst fires, but Southwest Montana has its fair share. At the moment, there are about nine fires in Southwest Montana. […]

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Last Chance Stampede Rodeo

Helena’s Rodeo was the last weekend of July (but you already knew that because you follow this blog and get SWMT newsletters sent straight to your email). It was fantastic. There was beer, tri-tip steak sandwiches, fruit kabobs, fry bread, and these weird lemonade slushy/soft serve ice cream things. Oh, yeah, there was also a […]

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And they call the thing a rodeo…

“We were heading for the rodeo in the village of Augusta, among cottonwood along the Sun River. We drank in the darkness of taverns, walked three or four hundred yards through light and shadows under the trees to the rodeo, in the sunlight, while country music played on the public-address system. Men and women unloaded […]

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Spring Meadow Lake

Time to Cool Off!

Summer is here. The days are getting longer and  (with the exception of the occasional downpour/thunderstorm) hotter. It won’t be long now before 80 degrees seems normal and 90 seems perfectly reasonable. Which means that it is finally time to start thinking very seriously about abandoning all responsibility and spending the next two and a […]

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Big Hole River Panoramic

Visit the Big Hole Battlefield

The sun-bleached frames of countless tipis lie scattered across the landscape of a broad river bottom valley high in Southwest Montana’s Beaverhead Mountains. The winding Big Hole River and quiet beauty of the site attract both picnickers and anglers, however, the primary draw of the park is the history. The area, operated by the National […]

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