Hiking and Horseback Riding in Southwest Montana

By Rick and Susie Graetz  |  Office of Research and Creative Scholarship  |  University of Montana Containing four federally designated wilderness areas, including the fabled Bob Marshall, numerous wilderness study areas and 23 mountain ranges, Southwest Montana, for those seeking to travel the backcountry on foot or by horse, ranks with the finest and most … Read more

A Geology Primer for Beaverhead County and Southwest Montana

By Dr. Robert C. Thomas, Regents Professor of Geology | Environmental Sciences Department – University of Montana Western Southwest Montana’s geology records an impressive amount of Earth’s 4.5-billion-year history. The oldest rocks in the area are about 3.3 billion years old, formed through the metamorphism of even older rocks by heat and pressure during a … Read more

70 Below Zero

Record Cold Spot 70 Below

By Rick and Susie Graetz | Office of Research and Creative Scholarship | The University of Montana Snow had been falling almost continuously for a week and It was very cold; the tempera-ture had only risen to minus 18 degrees. Finally, late in the day, the snow and wind stopped, skies cleared rapidly, and as … Read more

The Crown of the Continent in Southwest Montana

Rocky Mountains

By Rick and Susie Graetz | Office of Research and Creative Scholarship | The University of Montana Rising in northwest Montana, southern Alberta and British Columbia, a swath of elevated geography is cast on a colossal scale—immense, vast and dramatic. Here nature mustered many of her greatest powers to create a glorious 13.5 million-acre masterpiece. … Read more

Montana Territory: The Birth of Montana

From Montana A History of Two Centuries by Michael P. Malone, Richard R. Roeder and William L. Lang. Printed by permission of the University of Washington Press From Montana A History of Two Centuries by Michael P. Malone, Richard R. Roeder and William L. Lang. Printed by permission of the University of Washington Press Each … Read more

Bannack: Corrine Freight Road

Rick and Susie Graetz | The University of Montana By: Rick & Susie Graetz | The University of Montana By the fall of 1862, only a couple of months after the July discovery of gold on southwest Montana’s Grasshopper Creek, some 400 people settled about eight miles upstream from the first “showing of colors” giving birth … Read more

Bannack: Foundation of Montana

By Rick and Susie Graetz | The University of Montana The town site of Bannack is a dot on the map, a mere speck in a vast sea of rugged mountains and broad valleys carpeted in sagebrush and bunchgrass. This corner of Montana remains relatively unspoiled, the terrain little changed since Lewis and Clark threaded … Read more

Lewis and Clark | This is Montana

The Corps of Discovery spent more time in what would become Montana than any other place on their entire 8,000 mile plus journey. And after they reached the three forks of the Missouri on July 27, 1805, they spent about three weeks in what would become Southwest Montana. On the return journey, Clark spent an … Read more