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Saturday June 22, 2002:  Helena, MT - Great Falls, MT

The Montana Historical Museum in Helena, MT had a great exhibit, in the entrance hall, of paintings by Muriel Sibell Wolle. She specializes in painting the forgotten places of the Old West. Paul, Bill, and Dotty Harris were students at the University of Colorado, Boulder, when her first books were published. Dr. Wolle taught art. Her husband, Dr. Francis Wolle, taught English and Drama. Paul and Bill both appeared in plays he directed. Small world, isn't it.
Dotty Harris  
Image by Muriel Sibell Wolle, from Stampede to Timberline: The GhostTowns and Mining Camps of Colorado. ok


Governor Mine, Sneffels

 Twelve days and 2200 miles have given us an opportunity to re-discover the heartland of America. endless fields of corn, rolling prairies, people who say "Good Morning in a variety of regional dialects. Farm houses, small but well kept communities, Indian Casinos, F-16 fighter planes and three time zones. Two hundred years ago there were "Seventeen Great Nations. In no small way, Lewis, clark, and the Corps of Discovery have made it possible to expand that to "Fifty Great Nations" - what a fantastic legacy.

And then there has always been The River. Always the same river - but never the same. Although constant it is always changing - its color, width, intensity, and even direction. Its diversity andchange only tends to enhance its strength and durability. In short, to experience The River, is also to experience the very fabric of our America. Marty Link

As I stood beside our white pirogue (bus) at the overlook of the Great falls area, while the f-16s practiced touch & go landings behind us, I again marvelled at the beauty of our country. Today we viewed the "purple mountain majesty" at the Gates of the mountains. Incredible and awesome. Today we have seen an Eagle, Osprey, Pelican, and several pronghorn. After a great Bar-B-Q dinner we enjoyed country music, clogging by Hattie Parks & Tom Laidlaw, and some of us tripped the light fantastic. ok

Wilma Hall

I was lucky enough to capture two flying things today. I think the pelican is prettier. And the rare white buffalo, Big Medicine, from the Montana Historical Society Museum, stands next to Lewis's Tower Rock

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