ISBN: 0-9727122-1-6 (2)
Producer: Montana PBS
Backroads of Montana
This video includes the following episodes:
Episode Five “The Golden Triangle” (1994) – The Hi-Line Theatre in Rudyard has been remodeled – the original marquee is back in place. It’s now owned by the son of the man who built the theatre in 1949. Carl Memke has been inducted into the steam engine hall of fame and the pet cemetery near Great Falls continues to grow.
Episode Six “Scobey to West Yellowstone” (1995) – The Prairie Symphonette is still playing concerts in Scobey and Pork Chops John’s is still a Butte favorite (with outlets in other Montana cities). Maggie Merriman still gives fly fishing lessons in West Yellowstone. In a sad post script to this episode, Marion and Margaret Pyeatt, the couple who built the baling twine teepee near Wise River, died in a tragic accident in their home in Dec. 2004. Margaret was a beloved teacher and Marion an accomplished tradesman in Dillon. They will be missed by all who knew them.
Episode Seven “Havre to Hamilton” (1995) – Havre Beneath the Streets is still open and has some new exhibits. Frank DeRosa, the friendly gentlemen who guided us beneath the streets, passed away in March 2005. The Fondue King still fires up his pot of boiling oil for Pitchfork Fondue in the Hi-Line area, although the price has gone up a little. That abandoned railroad trestle has become perilously rusted and weakened by the Montana weather. Jazz pianist Jean Wrobel, the “Jewel of the Bitterroot Valley” died in 2004, and Bob Corbett, the proud designer of the Shiniest Oldsmobile on Earth died in January, 2008.
Episode Eight “The Badlands” (1996) – The Evelyn Cameron Gallery in Terry is still open and the town inaugurated the “Lady Cameron Heritage Days” in the summer of 2005. The event is expected to recur each year during the Prairie County Fair. Ivy Brubaker, who shared her family’s Cameron album with us, died in February 2006. She was 97. Doc Hiatt no longer hikes Makoshika Park near Glendive but still enjoys the park’s wildflowers and picnic areas. The kindly Wibaux ladies who traded stories of cold Montana winters have passed on. Miriam Breitenfeldt passed away in early 1997 at age 92. Lela Hall died in June, 1998. She was 98. Saddle maker John Brown eventually moved his saddle shop from Ekalaka to Miles City. He died in April, 2005. Ulm Pishkun State Park near Great Falls was renamed First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park in 2007.