Mobridge, South Dakota to Billings, Montana
|Railroad Bridge crossing the Missouri|
|Earlier Bridge at the time of the Yellowstone Trail|
|Automobile Bridge over the Missouri|
In North Dakota, we found miles and miles of miles and miles. Our last stop in North Dakota was Marmarth.
The unusual name comes from the fact that the railroad engineer was naming it after his daughter, Margaret Martha. Apparently Margaret Martha would not work as a name of the town so it was shortened to Marmarth. Marmarth has the oldest motion picture theater in all of North Dakota. I believe it is still operating, although much of the rest of the town is not.
|Mystic Theatre in Marmarth, North Dakota|
|Ford GP prepared for review by Army|
|Jim Van Horn and part of his collection|
We then proceeded into Montana. At the western edge of North Dakota and the eastern edge of Montana we found ourselves in the Badlands. The scenery was not quite as spectacular as that in Badlands national Park, but we appreciated it nonetheless, I'm glad that we don't live there.
|Montana Bar, Miles City, Montana|
|Main Street, Miles City Montana|
We stopped in Miles City Montana to have lunch at the Montana Bar. My last visit to the Montana Bar was in May, 1974. I went to Miles city with two friends from college who told me that if I wanted to experience Montana culture at its finest I needed to attend The Bucking Horse Sale which is held in May of each year in Miles City.
|Bucking Horse Sale, May, 1974|
|Bar in the Montana Club|
I have fond memories of the Bucking Horse Sale. I remember that Saturday night in May, 1974 that the Montana Bar was very crowded and very noisy. It was difficult to get from one end of the barroom to the other. It was a bit quieter today and today there were actually barstools in front of the bar. No trip to Miles City is complete without a visit to the Montana Bar.
|I had a steak sandwich and I felt like they were staring at me.|
|Bullet hole in glass panel|
|Charlie, a Cattle broker from Miles City|
|Thankfully, the road was better than this.|
Split Rock, near Big Horn Montana
On the Yellowstone Trail
After Miles city we traveled to Forsyth, Montana and then on to Pompey's Pillar.
|Pompey's Pillar along the Yellowstone River|
|Pompey's Grave near Jordan Valley, Oregon|
After Pompey's Pillar we traveled west to Billings. We will spend the night in Billings before moving on to Livingston and Yellowstone National Park. We have debated on where to end this trip. At one time we had planned to go all the way to Puget Sound. However, the need to retrieve our car in California has made that original goal impractical. We decided to end the trip where the Yellowstone Trail originally ended. That is, Yellowstone National Park.