Gift helps preserve Glacier of the past
We highlighted some good news for Yellowstone earlier this week, and now it’s time to share some good news from Glacier.
The park was given 21 historic paintings from the early 20th century from its former concessionaire, a goodwill move that will keep the paintings in their original homes.
As Missoulian reporter Vince Devlin tells us, Glacier Park Inc. donated the paintings to the park last week, even after losing its concessionaire contract for the park to Zanterra.
All the paintings originated between 1909 and 1915, and were either originally owned or commissioned by the Great Northern Railway. All depict scenes in and around Glacier.
The railroad, anxious to lure tourists to travel on its passenger trains, was instrumental in getting Glacier Park established in 1910. It built Many Glacier Hotel in 1915, and in 1930 acquired Lake McDonald Lodge, two of the properties where the paintings are located.
They include pieces by John Frey, Frank Stick, R.H. Palenske, Charles Defeo and an artist with the last name Richmond, about whom little is known. Some of the donated work is by unknown artists.
The only stipulation to the donation was the paintings remain in the properties for which they were created, Devlin wrote.
Yurts help skiers access private powder
It’s one thing to head up to the ski hill to find some Montana snow – but more and more these days the skiers are heading to the backcountry to what writer and photographer Aaron Theisen calls the Holy Grail of winter sports: A mountain all to themselves.
Theisen’s story, Riding the White Swan, introduces readers to a company that’s using ancient structures to help backcountry skiers stay in remote places like the Swan Mountains, where crowds are never a problem.
Yurtski has two yurts that it rents each winter to skiers looking for private powder.
Every December, Missoula’s Carl Sievers and Adam Simon coordinate a barn-raising of sorts. Except that the buildings perch at nearly 7,000 feet on a steep, snow-clad peak in the Swan Mountain Range.
And the structures will house skiers, not swine.
But what exactly is a yurt?
According to Missoula-based yurt manufacturer Shelter Designs, yurt consists of a round wall and roof system that is free standing using a tension ring at the wall and a compression ring where the roof rafters tie together. These versatile structures have been around for at least 2,500 years. Traditionally, yurts were used in central Asia by nomadic herding groups and tribes. Recently, the yurt (or “ger” as it is traditionally called) has been imported to North America and Europe. Modern design changes, such as using steel fasteners and architectural fabric coverings, have been incorporated. Three types of yurts are predominant in the world today. The fabric yurt is a portable, fabric covered yurt based on the Mongonlian ger. A frame-panel yurt is a permanent structure built of wood with a yurt-style roof. Lastly is the traditionally ger from central Asia.
Learn more at Shelter Designs’ site.
You gotta see this: Yellowstone makes NYT’s top place to see list
The New York Times thinks Yellowstone National Park is among the best of the best of the best. Why? The newspaper named the park as one of it’s top 52 places to see in 2015 because of its eco-friendly lodges and new walking and biking trails.
It was on a list that included places like Macedonia and Rome.
In fact, Yellowstone was No. 4 on the list.
The park broke visitation records again this year, welcoming more than 3 million in 2015. No doubt that number will keep climbing with recognition like this.
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Snow! Beauty! A Montana wintertime slideshow
Montana has been SHOWING OFF so far this winter, with it’s snow-covered mountains and sun-filled afters making for some spectacular scenery.
We gathered a few of the best-of-the-best that we’ve seen, courtesy of our wonderful Facebook friends. We’ve got images from several gorgeous images of New Year’s sunsets over Glacier National Park’s Lake McDonald, as well as some shots of the winter skies lit up with stars.
Thanks to all who shared photos for our first 2015 wintertime slideshow.
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‘Expert bullwhip specialist’ and other equally awesome historical photos
It never fails: Looking through the old archived photos that have been used in Montana Magazine’s past is always entertaining. Sometimes, it’s even hilarious.
Many of our readers who have sent in photos have proven that their family members in past generations have a sense of humor.
Take the picture submitted by John Mielke, which he title “Thanksgiving Montanica.” It shows his mom shooting a gun on Thanksgiving day.
“I’m sure she hit the clay,” he said.
Or the cleverly titled “A Montana Man’s Catch,” submitted by Laurren Nirider, showing two couples with an impressive fish caught near Libby.
I found an image of a “expert bullwhip specialist” in our archives this week, who showed off his skills during a Miles City parade decades ago.
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Music across Montana: Bigfork’s guitar heaven, Missoula’s devotion to its symphony
We featured more than a couple of very musically-minded Montanans in our latest issue, as writer Jessica Lowry introduced us to the founder of the Crown of the Continent Guitar Festival and the people behind all the successes at the Missoula Symphony.
Both produce sweet, sweet music, and have pretty sweet stories about how they’ve helped music thrive.
Festival founder, David Feffer, for example, has convinced dozens of the world’s best guitar players to come to Bigfork each year for a week of instruction and concerts. It’s not only introduced the Flathead Valley to great guitar music, it’s caused some of the guitar greats to fall in love with Montana.
See a video from the 2014 fest here.
In Missoula, Lowry introduces us to Virginia Vinal, who has played the violin in the Missoula Symphony since it was founded in 1955. That’s 60 years.
It’s people like Vinal, Lowry tells us, who have helped the symphony grow into a thriving organization that often plays to sold out crowds.
Montana surfing makes international waves
Montana got some international attention recently for a new sport that’s catching on as more and more surfers are catching river waves.
A short feature in the Daily Mail showed how Missoulians in particular are using the river more and more to surf.
K.B. Brown, who owns a custom river surf board making shop in Missoula, was featuring in the photos, by Paolo Marchesi.
The British tabloid featured a host of images and a video of Montana river surfing.
Photographer Marchesi said the Big Sky surfers are “revolutionizing” the sport.
New year, new issue: Take a look at our Jan/Feb magazine
It’s a new year and we’ve got a new issue to share. Our January/Februrary 2015 issue is in the mail now and we’ve got all our preview content up at montanamagazine.com.
Some highlights to share include our new partnership with The Last Best Plates, a food and eating blog by Lynn Donaldson and Corinne Garcia, who both are awesome, longtime contributors.
The first in the year-long series focuses on Amaltheia Dairy. Along with the story and recipe, we’ve got a slideshow of wonderful images from the farm just outside Bozeman.
We’re also going to be introducing you the Treasure State Hometown Gems throughout 2015. Our first is Monture Cabin.
Cheers to a wonderful 2015!