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Although they call Missoula in the western part of Montana their home, Rick and Susie Graetz are by no means strangers to the land of Montana that lays east of the Rockies. “There’s no prairie in the United States as pretty as Montana’s,” the University of Montana’s geography professor asserted.

No. 221

Monday, January 6,

Montana East of the Mountains: An Uncommon Landscape
By Rick and Susie Graetz University of Montana, Department of Geography The imposing Rocky Mountain Front defines the eastern flank of Montana’s mountainous domain before it flows into open terrain to the east. On the north, it stretches 460 miles from Browning and the east slopes of Glacier National Park to the North Dakota line just beyond Sidney. Somewhat less defined, the central boundary begins in the valley of the upper Musselshell River, near Harlowton, and reaches for 300 miles to our state’s eastern edge. On the south, it is 250 miles as the golden eagle glides, from Red Lodge and the east face of the Beartooth Mountains following the Wyoming border to the South Dakota line.It’s a distinct region unto itself and one of America’s great pieces of geography. This exceptional corner of the Great Plains harbors unique landforms and grand scenes – badlands, sculptured sandstone, river breaks, canyons, wilderness grasslands, wildlife refuges, lakes and island mountain ranges – intermingled with smaller bits of geologic wonderment. Space, much of it undisturbed, is its greatest commodity. This vast territory of unending sky delivers a feeling of no borders or confinement – a place continued on back page

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where a human can stretch and breathe. At first, the openness, immensity and distances of Montana east of the mountains may seem overpowering. Gradually, though, you get comfortable with it all andnotice the beauty and splendor. Not just the imposing geologic structures, but also the abundance of simple grandeur … cottonwoods along a small creek; a lone tree silhouetted on a hillside; waves of wheat dancing in the summer wind; the first rays of sun illuminating sandstone cliffs; delicate snow patterns drifted against a weathered barn; the northern lights shimmering across the night sky; antelope moving quietly through sagebrushcovered prairie; and the soft fusion of earth and sky on horizons that seem endless. Striking features command your attention – the 1,000-foot deep canyons Through a mutual love of photography, Sam Espeland is a longtime friend of Rick and Susie Graetz. Above, Sam shares a good laugh with Susie. of the Missouri River; the enormity of Fort Peck Lake; stately prairie buttes; isolated mountain plentiful. Old buildings that once housed these settlers, ranges such as the Little Rockies and Big Snowies; the their families and their dreams still stand, only to serve Makoshika and Terry badlands; and the canyons of the as refuges for small animals and birds. Although the drought and economic conditions Bighorn River. Montana’s mightiest waterways have carved their ended their hopes, some hearty pioneer families persisted, routes through this territory. Born of mountain snows stayed on and today are the backbone of the Montana and springs, the prairie gives them room to grow. They prairie country. are fabled waters … the Missouri, the Yellowstone, the Descendants of early-day sodbusters and products Marias, the Judith, the Bighorn, the Powder, the Tongue, of cattle outfits that have been in the same family for the Milk and the Musselshell. The wide Missouri and the generations provide the area with a sense of permanency free-flowing Yellowstone were routes of exploration for and independence – a strong profile dictated by rural life Meriwether Lewis, William Clark and other adventurers. and past experiences that characterize this corner of the These lands east of the Northern Rockies are Big Sky Great Plains. Country. Out here, a formidable canopy of sky provides Towns are the essence of this territory. Social and a constantly changing panorama – a playing field for commercial activities interact within them in a way that is clouds and weather. From the moment the sun bursts all but disappearing across America. Cafes, hardware and onto the clear eastern horizon of Montana, beginning its grocery stores are where stockmen, farmers, implement journey toward the closing of day, many surprises may dealers and bankers meet to discuss ag-economics, their families and the weather. You’ll still find drug stores with appear depending upon the mood of the heavens. Remnants and vivid reminders of early day eastern soda fountains, and chances are that you can walk in the Montana are everywhere. Portions of former travel door of any business and shake the hand of the owner. A byways such as the Great North Trail, the Nez Perce Trail, genuine welcoming atmosphere prevails. the Wood Mountain Trail, the Whoop-Up Trail and the In a state with so much natural beauty, those of us Pony Express Route are still visible, as are the ruins of who call this home need to invest the time by pointing forts, trading posts and stagecoach stops. Undisturbed our iron chariots in every direction to investigate what areas show signs of travois tracks, wagon wheel ruts and we have, but we especially urge you to venture to the farflung corners of the uncommon topography of Montana teepee rings. Evidence of the era of the first homesteaders is East of the Mountains!