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The Greatest Road Trip USA? - Our Round USA Road Tour.


The State of Montana, USA

Part of a year long trip from Sept ’94 - Sept ’95 through 36 USA States and 2 Canadian Provinces by Jean and Graham Beven in ‘Serendipity’ their 30 foot Winnebago Chieftain.

Montana - Round Trip USA

We were only 6 days in the state of Montana, USA as there were only a few things on our must see list of places to visit.

There are however fifteen National Wildlife Refuges, Seventeen Bureau of Land Management areas, five National Parks and ---- State Parks in the state of Montana.

The State Tourist Office for the state of Montana, USA is: Montana Dept of Commerce - 301 South Park Ave. Helena MT 59620 - 0401.

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11th July 1995 Back into the USA from Alberta, Canada heading for Missoula. Montana.

Travelling south on Hwy 89 from the Canadian border. Called on at Glacier National Park - Entering at St Mary - Could only travel a few miles, about twenty, into the park as there is a 25 foot RV length restriction on 'the Going to the Sun Road'. The road trip along side Lake St Mary was worth the trip though.

Visited The National Bison Range.

The National Bison Range - A fantastic trip through the range – 19 miles of Bison, Elk, White-tailed Deer, Long horned Sheep and Chipmunks! Had a little trouble with fuel again, especially going uphill. The Rangers wondered where we’d got to! Ran out of daylight so overnighted in I-90 Rest Area close by. Flushed out all fuel filters that were full of rust particles again.

12th Through Missoula, MT to Butte, Montana. via Grant- Kohrs Ranch.

Visited the Grant-Kohrs Ranch, Deer Lodge, Montana just north of Butte, Montana. This National Park shows the development of the 'ranch' from the earliest times in the 1850's. You can walk round the Ranch and range around it. The ranch house dates from 1862 - the furniture and furnishings are original to the era.

There is a 'bunk house' where the cowboys ate and slept. Amongst the many other buildings are stables, dairy and barns - all with exhibits. A very interesting place to visit.

Arrived in Butte, MT. about 2pm. Having a domestic day before going into Yellowstone National Park. [Covering parts of Montana, Idaho and Wyoming ]

13th From Butte, MT. to Cooke City, Montana. via Yellowstone National Park. Which is predominantly in Wyoming.

Picture at the Bear Tooth Pass.

14th From Cooke City, MT. to Billings, Montana. via the Bear Tooth Highway. A beautiful scenic drive reaching an elevation of 11,000 feet. Snow was around and although very sunny the air was quire cool.

15th From Billings, MT. to Sheridan, Montana via Pompeys Pillar and Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument.

Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument just off the I-90. Site of 'Custer’s Last Stand'. It was in fact one of the last armed efforts of the Native American plains tribesmen to preserve their way of life that they had enjoyed since time immemorial. In June 1876, for two long days, 260 officers, soldiers and attached civilian members of the US Army met defeat and death at the hands of thousands of Cheyenne, Oglala, Brule, Blackfeet, Uncpapa, Sans Arc, Minneconjou and Sioux warriors. They lost no more than a hundred warriors! Although the Native Americans won the battle they lost the war! The few US Army survivors of the battle were subject to a court of enquiry and were exonerated of any blame.

The Custer Battlefield on Battlefield Ridge houses the visitor centre, monument to the 7th Cavalry and an Interpretive Trail.

A two mile drive south east on Battlefield Road is The Reno- Benteen Battlefield on Sharpshooter Ridge, this houses the Reno-Benteen Monument and their Entrenchment Trail.

Lt Col George Armstrong Custer, 7th Cavalry Commander, was reburied at the US Military Academy, West Point, NY, on 10th October 1877.

The area is now part of a Crow Tribe, Native American Reservation.

16th Left Montana and moved into Wyoming - Travelling day from Sheridan, MT. to Hyattville, Wyoming.

 



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