Wide open spaces. Big Sky Country. Montana is a big state. During my visit I had planned on Little Big Horn Battlefield and Helena, the Capitol, and Little Big Horn was optional depending how my schedule was running. When I arrived, I was a couple of days ahead of schedule, which required that I be in Seattle for my flight to Juneau on the 8th of August. It was only the 30th of July. So Little Big Horn was a definite and because my friend John said, I should visit Glacier N.P., I added that to my itinerary. Can you say I'm glad I did? There were two add-on sites that I visited on my trek. Glacier National Park (Actually it is Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park. The Waterton portion being in Canada.) and Death Valley. In getting to Glacier I passed through the Blackfeet Nation Reservation. It was about this time that I realized that nearly all of our National Parks are adjoining or co-located with Indian Reservations. I even stayed in a motel on the reservation. It was owned and operated by Blackfeet and they were very courteous and helpful with directions and information. I was treated to another light show in Montana, but wasn't successful in photographing any lightning. There are links at the bottom to visit Little Big Horn Battle field, Glacier National Park, and the Blackfeet Nation. come with me now as I trek through Montana.

This is the Manlove Homestead. It is one of the oldest structures in the state.
The Manloves settled near what is now East Helena in 1864.
Part of the townsite is on what was once the Manlove potato field.

Montana's Liberty Bell replica
Fifty-five bells were struck as part of a savings bond drive held from May 15 to July 4, 1950 with the slogan "Save for Your Independence." They were given to the 50 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S Territories, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands. The Truman Library in Independence, MO has one (Harry was president) and one is in Annecy-le-Vieux, France the city where the replicas were cast in 1950.
The bells were to be displayed for the public and rung on patriotic occasions. Some are rather difficult to locate as they have been relegated to storage and/or refurbishing or to display in universities, libraries and museums.
Those I could find located near or in capitols as originally intended are pictured on these pages.

The Rocky Mountains

in Montana

More of the Rockies

A very large Bluff

Big Sky Country

A river valley

The capitol building in Helena

The front view

A Montana sunset

Sunset number 2

The sunset number 3

The final shot

Montana sunrise

Sunrise number2

Sunrise number 3

Sunrise number 4

A couple of photos of the sunset

on my last night in Montana

The sunrise of my last morning

in Montana on the way to Yellowstone N.P.

The Entrance to the Blackfeet Nation. Click photo to enter.

Glacier N.P in the morning mist. Click photo to enter.

The Little Big Horn Battlefield This is the view from Last Stand Hill.
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