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      "Riverfront property" by Mark Larowe

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      Outside Missoula, by Jake Stufflebeam

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      Cold New Year's Eve night in Montana, by Catherine Dotson

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      Montana's capitol on Christmas Eve, by Teri Garrison

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      Electric sunset over Lake McDonald, by Traun Foto

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      The Bitterroot River near Hamilton on New Years Day, by Sherry Myers

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      The night sky near Libby, by Kyle Ames

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      The first 2015 sunset on Lake McDonald, by Call of the Wild Photography

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      The Bull Ranger Station historic cabin, by Yvonne Moe Resch

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      Sunset over the Purcell Mountains near Yaak, by TheBobFactor.com

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      Between Avon and Garrison Junction, by Teri Garrison

    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.

    If you hadn’t heard, we’re known for photography and you can see it all by becoming a subscriber. Click here to learn more.


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      Maria and John Groenning, stand with Karl and Karin Oman with "A Montana Man's Catch" near Libby in 1915. Courtesy of Laurren Nirider

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      A horse drawn cart that took children to school in Northeastern Montana in the 1930s. Courtesy of Lila (Cherney) Harden

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      "Darlington Ranch Thanksgiving" shows Millie Mielke shoots skeet. Courtesy of John Mielke

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      Margaret Weigand and friends gather for a picture during a wedding celebration near Huntley Project circa 1920. Courtesy of Doris Redinger

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      Members of the Hoines family gather for a portrait. Courtesy of Mike Hoines

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      Jeff Nelson stands with his brother near Lake Upsatta. Courtesy of Jeff Nelson

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      A image from the Montana Magazine "parade" archive.

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      A group of WWII German POWs working to harvest beets in Northeastern Montana. Photo courtesy of LeRoy Tietz

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      An 11-year-old Russell Milne shows off a near Poplar. Courtesy of Russell Milne Jr.

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      "Expert bullwhip specialist" Frank Struck shows off his skills while riding Cheyne in the Miles City Parade circa 1976. Photo by Michael Crummett

    ‘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.

    Do you have photos that show Montana pictured in history? Funny or just awesome? Send the images and their stories to us at editor@montanamagzine.com.

    Like what you see here? See all our Pictured in History photos and more by subscribing today.


  • The Crown of the Continent Festival takes place in late July each year in Bigfork. Photo by Jessica Lowry

    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.

    Missoula Symphony music director Darko Butorac. Photo by Jessica Lowry

    Missoula Symphony music director Darko Butorac. Photo by Jessica Lowry

    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.

    Like I said, it’s a pair of sweet stories. Check out all our preview content here. And if you like what you read, here’s how you can subscribe.



  • Montana river surfing was recently featured on DailyMail.com. Photo by Paolo Marchesi

    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. Photo by Tom Bauer

    K.B. Brown. Photo by Tom Bauer

    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.


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    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.

    We’ve got a wonderful Portfolio by Larry Mayer, who shows us the Big Sky Country from the sky.

    We’ll also introduce you to the Woodpecker Men and have a sweet story about the Missoula Symphony.

    Cheers to a wonderful 2015!


  • Winter Solstice at the Bull Guard Station. Photo by Aaron Theisen

    Visit the cabin built by a tough guy named Granny

    Where are you hoping to explore in 2015? There are plenty of possibilities around Montana.

    One suggestion: The Bull River Guard Station in the northwestern corner of the state.

    Writer Aaron Theisen found out that because of its rich history, the cabin is more than just a place to stay. The cabin was built by Granny Gordon, a jack-of-all-trades who came to the wilds of the Cabinet Mountains to work for the fledgling U.S. Forest Service.

    The Forest Service and its public land policies weren’t overly popular with the locals.

    Fortunately, Gordon had a store of skills on his side.

    By 1908, he had completed construction of a two-story, three-bedroom guard station with a kitchen and sitting room, based on blueprints that Gordon drew up himself.

    Outside, the Gordons planted an orchard of 10 apple trees and constructed a corral for a team of packhorses.

    The Gordons filled the guard station: Pauline arrived with two toddler daughters and a third on the way, and Granny brought his mother Elizabeth out from back East.

    The Bull River Cabin. Photo by Aaron Theisen

    The Bull River Cabin. Photo by Aaron Theisen

    Down in the valley, Granny and Pauline made the guard station the center of civilized public life, their dinner parties and overflowing garden ingratiating them with the wary locals.

    “The Gordons approach to being a ranger was community creation, whether that meant building a school for the community or rescuing wagons stuck in the mud,” Reckin said.

    The Gordons quickly became known as the best travelers’ hosts in the region, and even with a full house, they made room to board the local schoolteacher.

     The cabin that Gordon built still stands today – and is available for rent for $55 a nith.

    Here’s more about the cabin and reservation instructions.

    Here’s to 2015 and another year to explore Montana.


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      Photo by Jaime and Lisa Johnson

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      Photo by Gordon and Cathy Sullivan

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      Photo by Leland Howard

    Cover photos captured the best of Montana

    Just in time for the new year we’ve got a look back at the images that made our covers in 2014.

    It’s a fun look back at the year of Montana Magazine issues, which started with a cover of a curious bobcat and ended with a cover that captured perhaps the cutest cowgirl in the state.

    Of course, we couldn’t have done any of this without the wonderful group of people who share their work with us each issue. Our cover images were made by a diverse set of photographers. From Jaime and Lisa Johnson, who captured the snowy bobcat (January/February issue), to Lynn Donaldson who made the image of the tough cowboy riding at the Wild Horse Stampede in Wolf Point (March/April issue).

    Gordon Sullivan captured the lightning bolt striking inside Medicine Rocks State Park for our March/April issue. Tony Bynum got a Glacier National Park mountain goat lounging in the unbelievable backdrop for our July/August issue.

    We featured the Grand Prismatic Spring inside Yellowstone National Park, by Tom Murphy, on the September/October cover. Finally, Riley Jones was the adorable feature of our November/December cover, in an image made by Leland Howard.



  • Montana’s estimated population is 1,023,579.

    How many people are in Montana?

    According to the U.S. Census, there’s more people in Montana this year than there was last.

    Montana’s estimated population rose by 8,715 people, or by 0.9 percent, from mid-2013 to mid-2014, the U.S. Census Bureau reported this week.

    As of July 1, Montana’s estimated population was 1,023,579, compared with 1, 014,864 on July 1, 2013.

    So what do you think about the population uptick? Good? Bad?

    Montana remains ranked 44th in population.

    The Treasure State ranked 18th among the states in percentage of growth from 2013 to 2014 and 36th in actual population growth.

    North Dakota was the fastest growing state over the past year, showing a 2.2 percent increase.

    The U.S. population increased by 2.4 million, or 0.75 percent, to 318.9 million people, over the same one-year period, according to census estimates.

    Montana’s population as of April 1, 2010, was 989,415, according to the official census. It rose to 990,575 by the mid-2010 estimate and to 997,661 by the mid-2011 estimate.

    Sometime between mid-2011 and mid-2012, the U.S. Census Bureau estimated that Montana’s population had eclipsed the 1 million mark. The bureau estimated Montana’s population at 1,005,163 in mid-2012.

    - Jenna

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