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

Johnny Grant, Conrad Kohrs, and the Grant-Kohrs Ranch

By Patrick Shea  |  Office of Research and Creative Scholarship  |  University of Montana In 1857, open-range cattle began to roam the Deer Lodge Valley in modern-day Powell County. With the discovery of gold, hungry prospectors needed sustenance, and the herds became an essential food source. The region’s lush grasslands edged by panoramic peaks became … Read more

Sculptures in the Wild

By Rick and Susie Graetz  |  Office of Research and Creative Scholarship  |  University of Montana So, an Irishman and a logger walk into a Seattle bar. Imbibing spirits, they bond over their interest in knives, solve the world’s problems, and by the end of the night the two new BFFs think that with no … Read more

Where the Gold Comes From in Southwest Montana

Boulder Batholith

By Rick and Susie Graetz | Office of Research and Creative Scholarship | University of Montana The late Dr. David Alt, author and one-time professor of geology at the University of Montana, explains why gold was found in Grasshopper Creek, site of Montana’s first major gold strike, and the surrounding gulches. “At Bannack, as in many … Read more

Big Hole National Battlefield

By Patrick Shea | Office of Research and Creative Scholarship | University of Montana By Patrick Shea  |  Office of Research and Creative Scholarship  |  University of Montana Descending from the Continental Divide at Chief Joseph Pass, Montana Hwy 43 weaves through a forest of Douglas Fir and cuts through walls of sedimentary and metamorphic … Read more

Beaverhead Rock State Park

By Rick and Susie Graetz  |  Office of Research and Creative Scholarship  |  University of Montana “the evening again proved cloudy much to my mortification and prevented my making any lunar observations. the Indian woman recognized the point of a high plain to our right which she informed us was not very distant from the … Read more