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Granite Ghost Story

The wind was picking up. Leaves swirled on the ground, and rattled on the trees. In Granite Ghost Town, high above Philipsburg, the beautiful fall day was quickly turning to winter. The boarded windows of the Mine Superintendent’s house glared out at me as I crept though the trees, looking for good camera shots. Ghostly […]

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Snow Day

A cold wind is sweeping across Southwest Montana and somewhere clouds heavy with snow are forming. Believe it or not, ski season is fast approaching. This post is about a trip I took a few years ago, to my mind the perfect winter weekend. Early one Saturday morning in late January, we started out from […]

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Born of Flame and Ash

In the west, summer means wildfires. From the infamous Mann Gulch fire of 1949 to the 1988 Yellowstone firestorm, Montana’s fires have become the stuff of legends. They have burned themselves into the collective memory of the state, so that someone like me—who was not yet born in 1988—can speak of the Yellowstone fires with […]

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The World’s Most Conspicuous Man

It is impossible to be inconspicuous in Ovando, Montana. This I learned when I drove into town in my flashy rental and there was not another vehicle on the street. I rolled into town around 10:00—the dead hours between breakfast and lunch—and so kept going, following the road to Helmville. The Ovando-Helmville road winds over […]

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