As Old as Dirt

A drive through the Prickly Pear Canyon, on Interstate 15 north of Helena, makes a perfect afternoon drive.  The narrow, twisting canyon offers, arguably, the best stretch of driving on I-15.  Below the road, Prickly Pear Creek (and further north, the Missouri) twists like a blue cord on the narrow canyon floor.  Cliffs, in bands … Read more

Girl from the Gulches

If I’m not careful, my mind will relegate Montana’s gold rush days to a dusty haze of saloon brawls and hangings, populated by a pungent assortment of what Laura Ingalls Wilder might call “rough men” using “rough language” (yes, a twenty three year old guy did just quote By the Shores of Silver Lake, and … Read more

Montana’s American Pastime

Monday marked the official opening day of baseball season (because Australia is a make-believe land and games that happen there don’t count) which has turned my mind to thoughts of spring, and America’s pastime in Montana: In a 1970 article for Montana: The Magazine of Western History, Duane Smith made an interesting observation: the National … Read more