Big Sky Country hits: 11 songs about Montana
You can get your YouTube fix and daydream about Montana all at the same time thanks to this roundup of the best 11 songs about Montana.
There’s some heavy-hitter artists who have sang about the Big Sky State, including Willie Nelson and John Denver (see below).
The list includes some contemporary artists too, including a song from Helena native Colin Meloy’s Decemberists.
Now that’d you’ve see that list, what’d we forget?
Battlefield science: History-minded group combs Rosebud Battlefield
Battlefield science and the art of excising history from places of war has made leaps and bounds in the past years. Advancements were on display at the Rosebud Battlefield last week when a group gathered to comb the land for clues about the history made there during the Indian Wars.
Billings Gazette reporter Brett French was there in what is now the Rosebud Battlefield State Park where an intense battle took place before the infamous 1876 Battle of the Little Bighorn was fought.
Holding the corroded, dirt-filled piece of metal up to a small magnifying glass, Doug Scott confirmed what the volunteers surrounding him had waited almost breathlessly to hear.
“It is what it’s supposed to be,” the historical ballistics expert said. “That’s a .50-70 fired in a Sharps, so definitely Indian.”
The survey group led by Scott also inspected a swath of the park burned by a wildfire in 2013.
“There were Cat lines through a battlefield site, which wasn’t good,” said Sara Scott, Heritage Resources Program manager for Montana State Parks. “The following year they went through and rehabbed it, and now it looks pretty good.”
Before the dozer line was revegetated, Jim Bosse, a state parks volunteer, surveyed the overturned dirt for artifacts. He collected about 20 bullets and cartridge cases from the era of the battle.
“It was amazing,” Bosse said. “History comes to life right before your eyes.”
Read the rest of the story here.
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Montana places to explore during Memorial Day weekend
It’s a long weekend and a weekend that launches us into the wonderful time of year that is summer in Montana.
If you’re looking for some inspiration to explore, we’ve some Montana beauty to share:
- Take in a sunset. Photographer Alex Sholes caught this one near Stockett and shared it with us on our Facebook page. More of our favorite reader photos are here
H is for… Havre, where family restores crumbling court house
It’s home of the Blue Ponies and one of Hi-Line’s most populated towns.
Havre is also a place where one entrepreneurial family has renovated a once crumbling court house into a mix-used dwelling and gathering space.
Missoulian reporter Cory Walsh has the story and photographer Tom Bauer has the photos in the ongoing newspaper Montana A to Z series.
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Eye doctors Marc Whitacre and Erica Farmer found Havre several years ago and purchased the old building.
The building, which sits on Third Avenue in Havre’s historic downtown district, was originally constructed as a two-story post office.
During Prohibition, Whitacre said, this Hi-Line town close to the Canadian border saw such a high volume of bootlegging and related arrests that a third floor was added for a federal courthouse, since it was cheaper than bringing the accused to Great Falls to face justice.
- Of course, Havre isn’t the only H town in Montana. Can you name the other H towns across Montana? Here’s some help.
The family’s upgrades have been both historically and creative minded.
“The part that’s maintainable is the logic. It’s all relays,” he said. “There’s no solid-state electronics here. It’s all relays, transformers or fuel resistors and capacitors. It’s all technology that’s well-described. You can buy books on the subject, which I own. And I do all the maintenance work on the elevator that I can.”
By state law, he keeps schematics posted in the mechanical room above the elevator shaft, where you can also manually raise or lower the elevator.
(It’s labeled in case he’s the one stuck in the elevator: “Remove cap to winch.”)
Read the entire story here.
Before They’re Gone: Local photographer looks to document Glacier’s glaciers
Our May/June Park-to-Park issue featured an interesting and artistic photo Portfolio, that follows the work of a photography who has dedicated his summers to finding and documenting the glaciers inside of Glacier National Park.
That’s because Seth Eagleton sees the glaciers shrinking.
Whether the 25 glaciers remaining inside Glacier are gone in 5 years or 20, their retreat is changing the face of the Crown of the Continent.
“When I was hiking around in high school there was 35 (glaciers),” Eagleton said. “At the turn of last century, there were 150, they’re fading fast.”
Rather than get political, Eagleton got creative and started the Glacier Preservation Project to hike to and photograph each remaining glacier.
Eagleton has started a Kickstarter project to cover the costs of creating a book about the project.
“I’m not trying to push a bunch of controversial subjects, the fact is we’re losing our glaciers,” he said. “We’re going to lose them and whether it’s in 5 years or 10 years – I’m not a scientist, I’m good at observation – it would just be a shame if we didn’t have something to remember them by.”
Meet Yellowstone’s faithful Geyser Gazers
Some people love watching wildlife. Some people love chasing storms.
Some people, as we told readers in our May/June issue, love gazing at geysers.
Our “Faithful Gazers” story introduces a set of people who have fallen in love with the immense set of geysers in Yellowstone National Park. Their work to observe and record the geyser behavior is going a long way to help park staff and visitors learn about the geysers.
It’s a really cool story about a set of cool people (subscribe today to get all our full stories).
But first what, exactly, is a geyser? We’re glad you asked:
Geysers are hot springs with constrictions in their plumbing, usually near the surface, that prevent water from circulating freely to the surface where heat would escape.
There are more geysers in Yellowstone National Park than anywhere else on the planet.
Though born of the same water and rock, what is enchanting is how differently they play in the sky. Riverside Geyser, in the Upper Geyser Basin, shoots at an angle across the Firehole River, often forming a rainbow in its mist. Castle erupts from a cone shaped like the ruins of some medieval fortress. Grand explodes in a series of powerful bursts, towering above the surrounding trees. Echinus spouts up and out to all sides like a fireworks display of water. And Steamboat, the largest in the world, pulsates like a massive steam engine in a rare, but remarkably memorable eruption, reaching heights of 300 to 400 feet.
– Courtesy of the National Parks Service
Video: When a Rattlesnake strikes
Spoiler alert: This post is not for the faint of heart.
What’s it like to be bitten by a Montana rattlesnake? That’s something no one wants to find out first hand.
But wildlife photographers Jaime and Lisa Johnson got an up-close look at the reptile and it’s venom with their “Three Strikes” video.
The video is on their YouTube channel.
“The attached screen capture is actually right after the camera was hit by the snake,” Jaime wrote in an email. “You can see the blur (venom) on the top left of the image.”
Safe to say it’s best to keep your distance – from all wildlife. Instead, check out these amazing photos of Montana wildlife from the Johnsons. Here’s more from a photo Portfolio of their’s from our Jan/Feb 2014 issue.
Flowers and big river flows: Our top reader photos of the week
They’ve done it yet again. Our readers never fail to awe us when they share their photos from all across Montana – and this week’s batch of favorite reader photos (shared with us on Facebook) is another great set.
Without further adieu: Here are the top five readers photos of the week:
We’ve got much more of Montana to see in our May/June issue – out now!
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