The World Museum of Mining, a Butte treasure

Visit the World Museum of Mining in the Orphan Girl Mine yard. Much as its name suggests, Butte’s Orphan Girl Mine stands apart, on the western outskirts of the city. Despite this, the mine has always been a big feature in Butte life. Placer mining–searching the stream bed for minerals–had never been very successful in … Read more

10 Things to do in the Anaconda-Philipsburg Area

Mining

Nestled in the Pintler Mountains and connected by the beautiful Pintler Veterans’ Memorial Scenic Highway, the Anaconda-Philipsburg area offers a treasure trove of activities. A literal treasure trove, given the panning-for-sapphires opportunities in Philipsburg. It’s always difficult to make these “X Things To Do” lists–there’s so many great activities, narrowing it down is impossible! So … Read more

11 Things to do in Virginia City / Ennis Area

Madison River near Ennis, Montana

If Montana is all about outdoor recreation and western history, then the Ennis Area is the state’s poster child. The are includes the the Madison, Beaverhead, Ruby, Big Hole, and Jefferson Rivers, some of the premier fly fishing streams in the whole state. Right next door are Virginia City and Nevada City, open air museums … Read more

Minerva Cogswell, Virginia City Restaurateur

There had been an African American presence in the Montana since its creation as a territory in 1864. Jack Taylor, for example, had served in the Union army before moving west and arriving in Virginia City in 1866.  Taylor worked as a teamster freighting goods to and from Virginia City. Over the years, he became … Read more

Ice Skating in Southwest Montana

Winninghoff Park Philipsburg

It’s hard not to look around Montana and be struck with the incredible beauty of the Last Best Place. I find that to be even more true during the winter. There is something about snow covered mountains paired with clear blue skies that will inevitably take your breath away. At some point I realized that … Read more

10 Things to do in Helena

Helena is most famous as Montana’s Capital City. The charming town also sits directly between Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks making it the perfect place to rest your feet as you travel between the parks. The Helena area is home to a wide range of activities and, as with much of the Southwest Montana region, … Read more

Putting Winston on the Map

Like many of the best towns in Montana, Winston has a sort of blink-and-you’ll-miss-it quality. From Highway 287, the entire town seems to consist of four buildings and a fishing access sign. And yet, I was completely unsurprised when, in two completely separate conversations, Winston was not only mentioned, but received what are, in my … Read more