Montana Magazine was founded in 1970 as “Montana West: Magazine of the Northern Rockies.”
Nearly 44 years later, it’s the largest and oldest privately owned Montana-based magazine in the state.
Along with showcasing the state’s landscapes, scenery and wildlife through its stunning photography, the six yearly issues of Montana Magazine highlight the stories of people and issues that span the Last Best Place.
Rick Graetz is the founding father of Montana Magazine, which became the magazine’s official name in the mid 1970s.
Graetz founded the magazine when few existed.
“I wanted to stay in Montana,” Graetz said of the reasoning behind starting Montana Magazine. “One day, (in 1969) I said to myself, ‘this state needs a magazine.’ ”
Graetz grow the magazine with several partners for several decades until it was sold to Lee Enterprises in 1994.
Until recently, the magazine was headquartered in Helena. Montana Magazine is now headquartered in Missoula. Jim McGowan is the magazine’s publisher.
Montana Magazine is published bi-monthly. Issues are printed in January, March, May, July, September and November.
The magazine is sent to subscribers in every Montana county, every U.S. state and more than 12 foreign countries.