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America’s Lost Highway-Montana’s U.S. Highway 91 is now on Google Maps

Retrace the old route of U.S. Highway 91 through Central Montana using our Google Maps guide.  Over 100 historic landmarks and sites are indicated.


Ghost Towns of the West-Rocky Point, MT

Ghost Towns of the West-Rocky Point MT Google Maps

Rocky Point-From U.S. Highway 191, 5.7 miles east on CMR Auto Nature Tour Road, 7.7 miles on local road along north bank of Missouri River.

A. Broadwater, Helena merchant, financier, entrepeneur, was one of the businessmen involved in the Carroll Trail (1872-1874). During its short existence, Broadwater made a trip by horseback from Carroll up river to Fort Benton and overland to Helena. He knew that Rocky Point, two bottoms above Carroll, had an existing ferry, a good solid crossing with north and south travel as well as it was an early woodhawk location. He seized the opportunity to move up to Rocky Point where he built a 2 story, 40′ X 90′ trading post and was awarded a Government contract through his business associate and dear friend, Amhert Wilder of St. Paul, Minnesota. He asked for Cantonment Rocky Point which consisted for 19 infantry men to guard the government freight shipments destined for Fort Maginnis in 1881 as well as mill machinery for the new gold mines at Maiden. Gold had also been discovered in the Little Rockies and some shipments went to the north, which made this a busy river port.

The Military Telegraph line from Fort Buford (North Dakota) via Camp Poplar, Ft. Galpin (near Ft Peck), Hawley, Wilders Landing to Fort Maginnis was completed in 1882 and an office at Rocky Point opened. This line was built by soldiers in three sections.

American Auto Trail-Montana’s U.S. Highway 2 (Second Edition) Now Available

AAT US 30 Cover

                    U.S. Highway 2 follows what is commonly referred to as Montana’s Highline, as it travels through the more northerly regions of the State.  Diverse geography lies along the route, from the high plains as you cross from North Dakota, to the Rocky Mountain peaks of Glacier National Park.  That geography shaped the explorer and pioneer history of Montana.  Much of this region has not changed a great deal from the days of the Wild West.
The second edition increases the number of historic points of interest to 148, as well as adding reference maps, GPS coordinates for listed points, and improved text navigation.

New edition available on Kindle, at the link below in ePub format, and shortly for the iPad and Nook

Forgotten Landmark-Belton Bridge, West Glacier (MT)

The Belton Bridge near West Glacier crosses the Middle Fork of the Flathead River and, for a few more days, is a great spot to view the changing foliage. - Justin Franz/Flathead Beacon

The Belton Bridge near West Glacier crosses the Middle Fork of the Flathead River and, for a few more days, is a great spot to view the changing foliage. – Justin Franz/Flathead Beacon


Belton Bridge (East end of Old River Bridge Road)

Built in 1920, the Belton Bridge was the western entrance to Glacier National Park from 1920 to 1938, and was one of the park’s first major construction projects. Between 1933 and 1938, the bridge was also a vital link on Going-to-the-Sun Road, a 51-mile stretch of scenic road across the park. The road is significant as a unique engineering accomplishment of the early 20th century, and as the first product of a 1925 cooperative agreement between the National Park Service and the Bureau of Public Roads.

In 1964, an extraordinary flood destroyed all of the bridge except the reinforced concrete arch. Down the river, a highway bridge built in 1938 to replace this one was completely destroyed. As a temporary measure, the park hired E.F. Matelich Construction Company to build a timber superstructure on the bare arch to carry traffic for the tourist season of 1964. [i]


Birds Eye view from Microsoft Bing Maps, accessed 1/6/2013

Birds Eye view from Microsoft Bing Maps, accessed 1/6/2013

[i] Historic American Engineering Record-Benton Bridge; Kathryn Steen,

HAER Historian, 1990;

We Support-Stumptown Historical Society, Whitefish (MT)

The Stumptown (Whitefish) Historical Society was founded in 1982 by a group of individuals committed to preserving the history of Whitefish, Montana and the Flathead Valley for the present and future. Since its inception the Society has grown with members from all parts of the USA and Canada.
In 1990 the Society acquired the Whitefish Railway Depot from the Burlington Northern Railroad and Depot Committee was formed to oversee its restoration. The project took three years, hundreds of volunteer hours and generous monetary donations to complete. >MORE

Forgotten Landmark-Glasgow Army Air Field, Glasgow (MT)

Remains of Glasgow Army Air Field (2.5 miles north on MT 24, 1.5 miles west on Lindell Road/Johnson Road)

Glasgow Army Air Field, also known as the Glasgow Satellite Airfield, was activated on November 10th, 1942. It was one of three satellite fields of Great Falls Army Air Base which accommodated a bombardment group.  Actual bombing and gunnery training was conducted at the airfield’s associated sites, Glasgow Pattern Bombing Range and the Glasgow Pattern Gunnery Range, though other training sites within the bombardment group were probably also used. The target-towing aircraft assigned to the Fort Peck Aerial Gunnery Range were also stationed at Glasgow. The last unit to complete training at Glasgow Satellite Field was the 614th Bombardment Squadron of the 401st Bombardment Group, which left for England in October of 1943. On December 1st, 1944, a German prisoner-of-war camp was established at the site. On July 15th, 1946, the Glasgow Army Air Field was classified surplus and it was subsequently transferred to the War Assets Administration in November of 1946.[i]

Many of the old runways and taxiways are still evident along the north side of the present Wokal Field.  The main runway still being used by the airport was constructed on the original built in 1942.

[i] SAC Bases: Glasgow Air Force Base;;


Glasgow Army Air Field