It seems as though I am happiest when I get behind the wheel of my Ford Explorer and set out for some “windshield time”. I decided it had been about six years since I had headed out on Highway 200. The road takes me from Glendive to Circle, Jordan, Sand Springs, Winnett, Lewistown, Stanford, to Great Falls and all points in between. I had a beautiful day to travel.
Besides enjoying the beautiful scenery (ok, I lovely my prairies and the Yellowstone Valley) but I have to admit the vistas around Stanford and then following the mountains into Great Falls were really green and lovely. It was raining in the mountains and the clouds were like a watercolor painting. I also decided to try something a little different to get me out to stretch. Last winter I ran across an article in the paper about a website that highlighted historic sites in rural areas of Montana that rarely, if ever, get attention for the stories they tell. The website had a map which divided the State into six sections and then pinpointed the things to see along the way. I have seen a lot of the sites mentioned thanks to my father who stopped at every historic sign and site there was, but this time I wanted to photograph them and then I am going to keep track on the map each time I stop to look at something. I mapped out my route using the website and a road atlas.
I started with Glendive, then the Charleston Hotel in Circle, the museum in Jordan, the sign that points to the Cat Creek oil fields where oil was first discovered in Montana, then the communities of Winnet and Stanford. There was road construction at Utica so I will try to hit that on my way back, also an old Post Office site in Lewistown that has links to the Meti Indians in central Montana. They have a fascinating history and if you have never read about Louis Riel, you must.
Now to take you there: