Somewhere along the line, I started seeing ghosts along the byways of Montana. You know the kind: Meriwether Lewis riding a horse up the Blackfoot … John Mullan camped for the winter in DeBorgia … Henry Plummer dangling from a noose in Bannack … Teddy Roosevelt delivering a speech from the bank balcony in downtown Missoula.
I cut my teeth at the Missoulian writing sports from 1974-1981, and from 1987-2006. When I got a chance for a day job on the news side, I jumped at it. A weekly Montana history almanac in the Territory section has allowed me to scratch my history itch, to the point where I’ve got a pile of great stuff on and inside my desk that I can’t do anything with. I hope this blog will help solve that problem.
I’m no professional historian, so there’ll be more questions and “is thought to be’s” than straight-out history facts here. Internet search engines have made it unbelievably easy to surf for things from the past. I know there are pitfalls, but we’ve got, for instance, a ream of published historic volumes at our fingertips, not to mention the archives of the New York Times from 1851-1922 — free of charge.
History is an onion. You peel off one layer and there’s another, and another and another. Maybe we can do some peeling together here.