History

Yellowstone National Park exposed: New mapping shows a complex history

BY: and - February 15, 2022

The texture of the earth’s surface tells a story. From afar, we see ridges and valleys, shaped during the course of thousands of years, sculpted by rivers and glaciers.  Zooming into an individual hillside or a stretch of river bottom, subtle bumps and breaks in the land’s surface reveal the imprint of past events, such […]

Book chronicles Montana’s disasters — and the state’s resiliency

BY: - February 14, 2022

Glancing through Butch Larcombe’s new book, “Montana Disasters: True Stories of Treasure State Tragedies and Triumphs,” it’s a catalog of many of the ways a person could die in Montana – from fires to avalanches to mine disasters to floods to train wrecks. But the book isn’t meant to be an encyclopedia of all the […]

Polio, Chickenpox, Measles, now COVID. What history teaches about vaccines and school

BY: - February 14, 2022

The rapid spread of omicron across the nation — and the finding that vaccines continue to provide strong protection against severe disease — brings COVID-19 one step closer, perhaps, to truly earning its place on the list of diseases that have been tamed by vaccines. These include polio, measles, mumps, rubella, and chickenpox, all of […]

Idaho asks Congress to close Yellowstone’s ‘zone of death’ loophole

BY: - February 3, 2022

It’s called the “zone of death,” a 50 square-mile section of Yellowstone National Park adorned with meadows and waterfalls — home to grizzly bears but no people — tucked inconspicuously within Idaho.  Supposedly, according to the 2005 Georgetown Law Journal article “The Perfect Crime,” it’s a place where a poorly worded law and a constitutional […]

The 1896 ride of the buffalo soldiers through Yellowstone National Park

BY: - February 1, 2022

Many would enjoy the adventure of a bicycle expedition to Yellowstone National Park.  But imagine doing it in 1896, before pavement, lightweight cycles, and modern camping equipment.  The Buffalo Soldiers who made up the volunteer Bicycle Corps of the 25th Infantry Regiment were up to the challenge! An iconic photo from Yellowstone’s early history depicts […]

Montana’s bar eternal captured in new book

BY: - January 31, 2022

If Montana ever had a statewide bar, it had to be the M&M in Butte. It proudly didn’t have locks on the door because it served thirsty and hungry miners regardless of time of day. Known for its omelets, hot meals, cold beer and characters, it became just another tragedy in 2021, not because of […]

Helena Jewish community looks to reclaim city’s synagogue

BY: - January 30, 2022

Gov. Joseph K. Toole laid the cornerstone of Temple Emanu-el in the Hebrew Year 5651, with throngs of Jewish congregants and curious onlookers during a gray day in the young state’s capital. The synagogue was blessed with a reading from Psalm 100, and the governor hoped the day’s memory would be “as bright as hope.” […]

Judge: Public Service Commission districts likely violate the U.S. Constitution

BY: - December 24, 2021

A federal judge has ruled the current Montana Public Service Commission districts are likely unconstitutional and has also issued a temporary restraining order against Montana Secretary of State Christi Jacobsen from certifying candidates running for the positions. United States District Judge Donald W. Molloy said that the case, filed by three residents including former Republican […]

…When a Montana politician said ‘no’ to war

BY: - December 11, 2021

Monday, Dec. 8, 1941, was surely one of the most consequential days in the history of Washington, D.C. The president and Congress moved that day with unprecedented speed to deal with a profoundly significant issue, and politicians were united in their action – except for one solitary figure from Montana.  President Franklin Roosevelt had been […]

Newly discovered Butte manuscript details Butte’s glory days

BY: - December 6, 2021

Though Horace Herbert Smith spent the bulk of his life in New York City, rubbing shoulders with literati like Upton Sinclair and Zane Grey, and even though he barely escaped with his life while covering a volcano in Martinique, the greatest adventures of his life were during the heyday of Butte, working as a cub […]

‘An Absurd Result’ looks at first Montana case of DNA-overturned conviction

BY: - November 13, 2021

When Jule Banville first met Linda Glantz, she knew she had the story of a lifetime. Really, it’s a story of at least several lifetimes – one of Linda Glantz, one of Jimmy Ray Bromgard and one of Ronald Tipton. It’s also a story about science, justice and the letter of the law. And, it’s […]

Looking for ways to remember veterans on Veterans’ Day? Here are some places to visit.

BY: - November 11, 2021

According to “World Population Review,” Montana has the third-highest number of military vets per capita, just slightly behind Virginia, with Wyoming being a close fourth. Alaska has the most with 8,999 per 100,000. Visit Southeastern Montana compiled a list of six places where you can honor these courageous individuals on Veterans Day – or any […]