Category: History

On the Shoulders of Giants

Celebrating 40 years of conservation On the Shoulders of Giants: The Story of Montana Private Land Conservation (Full Film) from Eric Ian on Vimeo. At long last, Five Valleys is happy to publicly unveil the 2016 short film On the Shoulders of Giants: The Story of Montana Private Land Conservation! Produced by filmmaker Eric Ian and in association…

Montana Provides The Capital Christmas Tree In 2017

The tradition of the Capitol Christmas Tree, or “The People’s Tree,” began in 1964 when Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives John W. McCormack (D-MA) placed a live Christmas tree on the Capitol lawn. This tree lived three years before succumbing to wind and root damage.     In 1970, the Capitol Architect asked…

Historic Elk Lodge Cabin

The historic Elk Lodge Cabin is offered for the first time since it’s local materials were carefully selected and hand crafted back in the early days of settling the Gallatin Canyon. The deep history & original rustic character are expressed throughout it’s hand hewn logs, paned windows and original hardware.  In the early 1900’s, Congress enacted the…

Bear Creek Schoolhouse, Cameron, Montana

A wonderful piece of history lies across the road from the Bear Creek Ranch in Cameron, Montana. The once vibrant one room school known as Bear Creek Schoolhouse, now serves the community in a new light as documented in Cowboy & Indians Magazine.

One room, no running water, no students in 70 years. But as photographer Thomas Lee shows, this schoolhouse in rural Montana still serves as the heart of a community.