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"History Comes to Life on the Talking Trail..."

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Carter County Montana

Carter County Montana

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Nestled in the Russell Creek Valley sits Ekalaka, a small town rich in history and home to the Carter County Museum, which offers visitors a portal to 90-million years of history..

Carter County Museum - Talking Trail
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During the height of the Great Depression, the Civilian Conservation Corps was founded to provide jobs for young, unemployed men. Between 1933 and 1942...

Lantis Spring - Talking Trail
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Meandering through the Long Pines Unit of the Custer Gallatin National Forest is the Little Missouri River. The valley along the river is rich in history, full of wonder, and...

Capitol Rock - Talking Trail
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While fire lookouts date back to the 19th century, their popularity as a form of fire detection surged after the Great Fire of 1910, which charred three million acres...

Tri-Point Fire Tower - Talking Trail
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The turn of the twentieth century brought increased westward expansion, cattlemen, homesteaders, and gold barons to Montana. Soon, endless lines of barbed wire were...

Piniele - Talking Trail
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In the quiet corner of southeast Montana, a swath of grassy prairie coexists with fragrant, towering pines and magical eroded sandstone formations...

Medicine Rocks State Park - Talking Trail
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Carter County Montana is off the beaten path, away from the hustle and bustle of interstate traffic whose sole focus is often on how to get from point A to point B as quickly as..

Ekalaka Park - Talking Trail
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In the years between 1933 and 1942, Civilian Conservation Corps camps were popping up all across the United States. At its peak, Montana was home to 32 camps throughout...

Camp Needmore - Talking Trail
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Long before highways and cell towers, during the times of the wild west, Montana was an unbridled land, home to Native Americans, frontiersmen, fur-traders, and prospectors...

Town of Alzada - Talking Trail
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The advent of the white man, beginning with fur trappers and mountain men, started to change the dynamic of southeastern Montana in the late 1800s. The story of Belltower...

Belltower - Talking Trail
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Carter County, Montana was founded in 1917 and comprises 3,313 square miles in the southeastern corner of the state. The Carter County Museum (Ekalaka), was the first county museum in Montana and the first to display dinosaurs, including complete skeletons of Edmontosaurus and T. rex. Nearby Medicine Rocks State Park is sacred to the Lakota (Sioux), Tsistsistas and So'taa'ee'o (Northern Cheyenne), Apsaalooke (Crow), Minnetaree (Hidatsa), Sahnish (Arikara) and Mandan indigenous nation, who have ancestral lands in this area. Camp Needmore, which is south of Ekalaka, is a historic Civilian Conservation Corps Camp that is now available for family reunions, weddings, and hosts the 4H camp each summer. Other sites on the Trail include Ekalaka Park and Lantis Springs campgrounds, Capitol Rock National Natural Landmark, and the Tri-Point Lookout Tower. In the southern part of the county, travelers can explore the town of Alzada, and view the sites of Belltower and Pinele communities. 

This trail was made possible by a grant from The Foundation for Montana History and partnerships with Medicine Rocks State Park and the U. S. Forest Service. Download the Talking Trail mobile app, and experience the stories of Carter County, Montana today!

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