Montana Tech

By Mark Spero For the past century, Montana Technological University has been internationally recognized for its excellence in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) disciplines. The university connects focused students to a network of people, opportunities, and experiences and empowers them to change the world. Our determined students learn in state-of-the-art facilities and perform hands-on work … Read more

The University of Montana Western

University of Montana Western is a small, comprehensive university with an integrated two- and four-year mission, offering certificate, associate, and baccalaureate degrees in education, business, and the liberal arts. It is the only public university in the United States that utilizes the program Experience One, where students take one 4-credit course, three hours a day … Read more

National Forests of Southwest Montana

Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest   |   Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest The largest of the national forests in Montana, the Beaverhead-Deerlodge covers 3.35 million acres and lies in eight Southwest Montana counties: Granite, Powell, Jefferson, Deer Lodge, Silver Bow, Madison, Gallatin and Beaverhead. The forest provides timber, minerals, and grazing lands and offers grand mountain … Read more

DILLON – Capital of the Beaverhead

By Mark Spero and Rick Graetz Montana’s southwest corner is a realm of lofty mountains, wide sagebrush, and bunchgrass-filled valleys, long on scenery and short on people. Sprawling ranches and public lands dominate. South of Butte, Dillon, population 4,300, in the heart of the Beaverhead Valley, is the only town of size in this part … Read more

Eighteen Mile Peak: A Southwest Montana Sentinal

By Rick and Susie Graetz | Office of Research and Creative Scholarship and The O’Connor Center for the Rocky Mountain West | University of Montana Eighteen Mile Peak, 11,185’ is the highest point on the Continental Divide between Banff, Alberta and the heart of Wyoming’s Wind River Range. Reaching to the sky from the remotest … Read more

The Red Conglomerate Peaks

By Rick and Susie Graetz | Office of Research and Creative Scholarship and The O’Connor Center for the Rocky Mountain West | University of Montana West of Lima, Montana and straddling the Continental Divide, this gathering of uplifts made up of four summits, rise in a little-known area of southwest Montana. And although three of … Read more

The Italian Peaks

By Rick and Susie Graetz | Office of Research and Creative Scholarship and The O’Connor Center for the Rocky Mountain West | University of Montana A little-known piece of Montana geography, the Italian Peaks, a compact gathering of mountains in the state’s far southwest corner, represents the southernmost reach of Big Sky Country.  And they … Read more

Helena The Capital Town’s Beginnings

Last Chance Gulch 1874

Excerpted from the book “Helena: Capital Town” by Rick and Susie Graetz As the story goes, by the summer of 1863, word from Montana had it that Alder Gulch was bearing chunks of gold that could be plucked from the ground by any cotton-picker. Easier pickings than California once offered. In 1863, the power of gold lured people … Read more

The Richest Hill on Earth

By Lindsay Mulcahy with Jocelyn Dodge and Rick Graetz | Office of Research and Creative Scholarship | O’Connor Center for the Rocky Mountain Front | University of Montana “Butte is different from all the cities of the world. There is only one Butte—there will never be another. Those who know her love her and wouldn’t … Read more