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Revisiting Ryan Dam

Some years ago, I was asked to photograph Ryan Dam, which is ten miles downstream from Great Falls, Montana on the Missouri River. One of the photos would end up being 12 photos in total, each meticulously stitched together so it could be printed large. Very large. In fact, that photo now hangs inside Great …

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Lost Montana

The flat, open plain of north central Montana, out in the middle of nowhere, is the last place you would expect to find a church. Surely this one was built in better times.

Big Sky Ranching

Montana, the fourth largest state, is largely known for its mountains in the far western part of the state. Its name, after all, comes from the Spanish word montaña for “mountain.” But east of those peaks, a far larger slice of the state is defined by its expansive prairies, the Missouri River, and its many …

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Between the Parks

As the National Park Service celebrates its centennial anniversary this year, more people are visiting America’s national parks than ever before. Last year Glacier National Park in Montana had 2.4 million visitors and Yellowstone National Park – mostly in Wyoming though it borders Montana and Idaho – had 4.1 million visitors. For a state with …

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Cleveland, Montana

There’s a place on the eastern Montana plains where People’s Creek and the Bear Paw Mountains meet. It’s a place they call Cleveland. On first glance there’s not much to Cleveland except for a saloon (when it is open) and a one-room schoolhouse (which serves one student). And it would be perfectly fair for those …

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