History

An unknown soldier: Man leaves little evidence of his heroics on the battlefield

BY: - November 11, 2021

In a little house that looks more like a hovel, Franklin Delano Roton passed away in January. The tiny house in Billings is small, even by the standards of the modest neighborhood that surrounds it. After a diligent search by the local funeral home, the body was turned over to the county – the normal […]

‘New’ Milltown ‘Black Bridge’ turns 100 today

BY: and - November 9, 2021

“The new bridge across the Blackfoot river at Milltown is now open to traffic, according to an announcement yesterday by the county commissioners. The old bridge was closed last February and a detour was made necessary. Another bridge several hundred feet north of the present structure was used. … Work on the bridge is not […]

‘Cold War Montana’ author announces book tour

BY: - October 5, 2021

Noted historian and author Ken Robison will be on tour with his latest book, “Cold War Montana,” (Arcadia, paperback $23.99). His book chronicles Montana’s role in fighting communism and supporting the military, from the missile systems spread throughout the state to the soldiers — both male and female — who served during the Vietnam War. […]

‘We have the watch’: Stories from inside NORAD on 9/11

BY: - September 11, 2021

At the height of the Cold War, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers supervised the excavation of Cheyenne Mountain, a peak pimpled with rocky outcrops and shaded by evergreen trees southwest of Colorado Springs. They pulled out the mountain’s innards and paved over the gravelly cavern, dividing the space into high-tech offices for U.S. military […]

New federal vaccination mandate could complicate things for Montana hospitals

BY: - September 9, 2021

Montana’s more than 25,000 healthcare workers could be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 following the Thursday announcement of a new national mandate from the Biden administration requiring all workers at hospitals that receive federal Medicare or Medicaid funds to be fully vaccinated. Nationally, about 73 percent of staff in healthcare facilities are vaccinated […]

This tribal elder helped remove 157-year-old proclamations used to incite Sand Creek Massacre

BY: - August 21, 2021

When tribal elder Rick Williams, a member of the Oglala Lakota and Northern Cheyenne Tribes, started researching the history of his great-great grandfather, White Horse, in the summer of 2018, he stumbled upon a horrifying fact. He discovered that two proclamations signed 157 years ago that explicitly targeted Native Americans and incited the mass murder […]

Native historians compiling history of boarding schools

BY: - August 16, 2021

Since 2006, Denise Lajimodiere, an enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa in North Dakota, has spent hours hunkered down in archives searching for records of Native American boarding schools.  “It is tedious,” she said. “It is dusty work.” And grueling and traumatic. The records are incomplete, but what researchers like Lajimodiere have […]

House Dems document U.S. history of discrimination in shaping John Lewis voting rights bill

BY: - August 8, 2021

WASHINGTON — A House panel released a new report on Friday that will help lawmakers craft  legislation named after the late Georgia civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis that aims to protect voting rights across the United States. The 124-page report, put forth by the House subcommittee on elections, outlines the U.S. history of discrimination in voting and […]

The past is alive: Hebgen Lake M7.3 earthquake in 1959 still influences Yellowstone National Park today

BY: - August 2, 2021

The Magnitude 7.3 Hebgen Lake earthquake in 1959 is one of the two the largest recorded earthquakes in the entire Intermountain West of the United States.  We might still be seeing aftershocks from that event in what today is the most seismically active area of the Yellowstone region. The greater Yellowstone region has experienced dramatic deformation. […]

‘Land of the burning ground’: Yellowstone National Park’s Native American history and traditions

BY: and - July 27, 2021

We sometimes think of Yellowstone as an untouched landscape, but humans have been present in the area for more than 10,000 years! The history and traditions of Native Americans in Yellowstone are as rich as the landscape itself. To the Crow, it was the “land of the burning ground” or “land of vapors”; to the […]

Butte book brings history to life through postcards

BY: - July 26, 2021

Maybe no other Montana place or subject has had more written about it than Butte. There are dozens of books on it from the recipes of the once-ethnically separated neighborhoods to the underground warfare in the mines. For all the books that have been written on the subject of Butte and its history, there’s one […]

The outlier and oddity: Travertine at Mammoth Hot Springs

BY: - July 12, 2021

Early explorers during the separate Washburn, Hayden, and Hague expeditions of the 1870s were astonished by the massive terraces and pools of hot-spring limestone, better known as travertine, at Mammoth Hot Springs—a chemical oddity that is quite different from other Yellowstone thermal areas. Three main varieties of hot spring fluids are recognized in Yellowstone: alkaline-chloride, acid-sulfate, and […]