Between 1909 and 1918, the homestead boom and expansion of the logging industry dramatically increased traffic in northwest Montana. governments aggressively worked to meet heightened transportation needs by building better roads and bridges. In…

Although heavy rain disrupted the celebrations, it couldn’t dampen the enthusiasm Forsyth residents felt for their new bridge, dedicated on July 4, 1905. Prior to the bridge’s construction, Rosebud County residents had to ford the Yellowstone River…

Madison County commissioners began discussing the feasibility of a road along the Madison River in 1869. When Congress designated Yellowstone a National Park in 1872, the area was accessible only on horseback. It was not until a year later that the…

Historic maps show that the area above Reeder’s Alley, known as Reeder’s Gulch, was long undeveloped and virtually inaccessible. The city gave in to local pressure in the early 1890s and began construction of this bridge, first known as the Howie…

The Northern Pacific Railroad platted the townsite of Glendive in 1882 against the arid Montana “badlands.” The location was an ideal supply and distribution center since it was where the railroad first met the Yellowstone River, but Glendive looked…