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Archive | September, 2013


“The Uncrowned King of the Celestial Pathfinders” 1

It might seem like another dreary Monday to you, but September 30 has an exciting Montana tale of daring and adventure: By 1911, an aviation craze had utterly engulfed the nation. Air shows happened almost daily, and aviators received celebrity treatment with newspapers studiously recording their every feat. In September of 1911, Helena became added […]

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Ennis Signs and Statues (part 2)

The town of Ennis may very well have more pieces of art per capita than any other small town in Montana. Unfortunately, apparently high noon doesn’t provide the best light for pictures, here are the best: This life-sized sculpture by John Dolan graces the beautiful grounds of the First Madison Valley Bank. Huge fiberglass fish, […]

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Ennis Signs and Statues (part 1)

The storefronts and signs in Ennis serve equally well as advertisements and works of art. Here are just a few pictures of the many fascinating storefronts on Main Street that I took during a recent trip to Ennis. The Ennis Cafe, one of the musts in any visit to Ennis: homestyle food and delicious pies. […]

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Haunting the Ghost Town

We rolled into Virginia City around 9:00 am. Not a single car sat on the street. At the bottom of the hill, the dark windows of the visitors’ center looked blankly out at us. Turns out there’s not much going on in Virginia City at nine on a Tuesday morning. In fact, most of the […]

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