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

Southwest Montana and the Greater Yellowstone Natural System

By Rick and Susie Graetz  |  Office of Research and Creative Scholarship  |  The University of Montana Standing on the summit of 9,860-foot Pioneer Mountain in Montana’s Madison Range, one is presented with a striking 360-degree panorama. Sprawled, in every compass direction, is one of the nation’s most pristine and intact natural systems. A wellspring for … Read more

Lincoln, Montana—Base Camp to the Crown of the Continent

Main Street Lincoln, Montana

By Patrick Shea with Susie Graetz  |  University of Montana A limited human presence, single main street, towering ponderosa pine trees reaching up toward snow covered peaks, a lumber jack atmosphere, and a ranger station is what someone from the east might envision when asked to describe a Montana town. This is Lincoln in reality! … Read more

Gold Creek—A Montana Original

Clark Fork Valley

By Ruth Little with Rick and Susie Graetz  |  Office of Research and Creative Scholarship  |  University of Montana Sixty miles east of Missoula on Interstate 90, at milepost 166, a highway marker shows an exit for Gold Creek. In the absence of signs designating this as a significant spot in Montana’s chronicles, motorists zip … Read more