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St Helena Cathedral

Montana is a place of craggy peaks, tough, towering pines, and windswept plains. In such a landscape, the pointed neo-gothic arches and tracery windows of St. Helena’s Cathedral might seem out of place, but, inconceivably, they don’t. Instead, the at once rugged-yet-intricate gothic stonework of the Cathedral manages to complement the sagebrush and ponderosa pine […]

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Heading for Lost

Maybe it is just the name, but I have always felt like Lost Creek State Park, north of Anaconda, doesn’t get enough notice. The state park stretches for 502 acres along Lost Creek. Like much of Southwest Montana, the area sits on a limestone formation. The creek courses through a deep canyon beneath towering limestone […]

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The Montana Historical Society

  The Montana Historical Society predates the state by over 20 years. Which is probably a good thing, considering how much history happened in those years. The territorial legislature created the Society in February of 1865, less than a year after the creation of the Montana Territory. Its establishment was an ambitious move, considering that […]

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Race to the Sky

Race to the Sky

For a few days every February, the valleys and mountains around Helena resound with the yips and howls of impatient dogs, just as they would have done seventy-odd years ago. Between 1942 and 1944, roughly one thousand sled and pack dogs called the Helena area home. The dogs were housed and trained at Camp Rimini, […]

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Christmas Strolling

December’s Christmas stroll season started strong this weekend with Ovando’s Old West Christmas Fest and Townsend’s Stroll on Saturday, followed by Sunday’s Cowboy Christmas Rendezvous in Augusta, and the Grant Kohrs Ranch Open House. But, be not afraid, for we bring you good tidings of great joy—Christmas Stroll season has just begun! Philipsburg starts this […]

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Helena’s Great Shake

While Montana has never been struck by an earthquake as large as the 7.8 that struck New Zealand recently, the state has experienced its fair share of earth-rattling shakes. In fact, Montana is the 8th most earthquake-prone state in the union, and experiences between 7 to 10 quakes a day. Many of those quakes are […]

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Cornish Pasties, Not a Butte Tradition

Fans of the blog might remember that last year I conducted important anthropological research on Butte pasties. Here’s a recap: I ate a lot of Butte pasties and they were delicious. Recently I managed to continue my research on pasties in Cornwall, which is to pasties what the Louvre is to old pictures. For Montanans […]

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