Merrill Avenue out to Makoshika
Strangely Beautiful Makoshika State Park near Glendive, Montana MT
Lace up your hiking boots as we descend into the whimsical badlands landscape of Makoshika State Park in Eastern Montana near Glendive, MT. ma-KO-sh(ih)kuh is from the Sioux Indian word Ma-ko-shi-ka, 'bad earth or bad land'. It is the largest of Montana's state parks at more than 11,000 acres.
The park contains spectacular badlands which conceal dinosaur fossils. The park has rock from the Hell Creek Formation and dinosaur fossils such as Triceratops are found here. In 1997 a fossil Thescelosaurus was found by an expedition led by Jack Horner and Bob Harmon.
These images were captured in August, 2008.
Music: Shores of Avalon ISRC: US-UAN-11-00633 by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0
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Sidney is a city in and the county seat of Richland County, Montana, United States, less than 10 mi (16 km) away from the North Dakota border. The population was 5,191 at the 2010 census. The city lies along the Yellowstone River and is in proximity to the badlands of the Dakotas. Sidney is approximately midway between Glendive, Montana and Williston, North Dakota.
Settlers began arriving in the area in the 1870s, and a post office was established in 1888. Six year old Sidney Walters and his parents were staying with Hiram Otis, the local justice of the peace, and Otis decided that Sidney was a good name for the town. The following year, Montana became a state and Sidney was incorporated in 1911. 
Sidney was originally part of Dawson County, but became the county seat of Richland County at its inception in 1914.
Agriculture became an important part of the region after the Lower Yellowstone Irrigation Project was completed in 1909. A dam was built on the river south of Glendive, which diverted water from the river into a 115.2 km (71.6 mi) main canal, which runs north-south, parallel to the Yellowstone, irrigating land from Glendive north up to Fairview, where it dumps into the Missouri River. This project irrigates 51,429 acres (208.13 km2) and serves water to 450 farms, according to the manager of the Lower Yellowstone Irrigation Districts.
The area experienced an oil boom and bust in the late 1970s and early 1980s, bringing an influx of people to the town for a short period of time. Around the start of the 21st century, the town started experiencing another surge in oil exploration activity.
The town's museum, the MonDak Heritage Center, was founded in 1967. The museum houses artifacts and archives that detail the history of life in eastern Montana and western North Dakota since the first pioneers arrived in the late 19th century.
Sidney relies heavily on farming, ranching, and oil production for economic stability. The surrounding countryside is populated with many farms and cattle ranches, plus oil exploration activity. The area's main cash crop are sugar beets, and Sidney is home to a sugar beet factory, built in 1925. The factory is the largest employer in the city, next to the Sidney Health Center and Sidney Public Schools. The town is served by Sidney-Richland Municipal Airport, one mile (1.6 km) west of the central business district.
The city has two community newspapers, The Sidney Herald and The Roundup.
Brandon Eggum, born and raised in Sidney, won the 2001 World Freestyle Championships silver medalist at 85 kg/187.25 pounds.Bio: Brandon Eggum
Marjorie Edmondson, 1956 Miss Montana who was disqualified due to her being married.
Florrie Fisher, former drug addict and motivational speaker, retired to Sidney.
Donald Nutter, former Governor of Montana (1961--62), grew up here.
Clyde Lamb, gag cartoonist and syndicated comic strip artist, born in Sidney.
Barry Petersen, Emmy Award-winning CBS News Correspondent, graduated from Sidney Senior High School in 1966.
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Top 10. Best Museums in Montana
Top 10. Best Museums in Montana: Museum of the Rockies Bozeman, Russell Museum Great Falls, Conrad Mansion Kalispell, American Computer Museum Bozeman, Montana Historical Society Museum Helena, World Museum of Mining Butte, Old Montana Prison Complex Deer Lodge, Yellowstone Historic Center West Yellowstone, Miracle of America Museum Polson, Moss Mansion Billings
How Do They Dye the Chicago River Green for St Patrick's Day
How Do They Dye the Chicago River Green for St. Patrick's Day?
It wouldn’t be a St. Patrick’s Day celebration in the Windy City without 400,000 spectators crowding the banks of the Chicago River to “ooh” and “aah” at its (temporarily) emerald green tinge. But how do officials turn the water green?
First, a bit of history: The dyeing tradition became an annual thing nearly 60 years ago, in 1962, but its real origins go back even further. In the early days of his administration as Mayor of Chicago, Richard J. Daley was a man on a mission to develop the city’s riverfront area. There was just one problem: The river itself was a sewage-filled eyesore. In order to get to the bottom of the city’s pollution problem and pinpoint the exact places where waste was being discarded into the waterway (and by whom), Daley authorized the pouring of a special green dye into the river that would allow them to see exactly where dumping was occurring.
Fast-forward to late 1961 when Stephen Bailey—part of the Chicago Journeymen Plumbers Local, the city’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade chairman, and a childhood friend of Daley’s—witnessed a colleague’s green-soaked coveralls following a day of pouring Daley’s dye into the Chicago River. That gave Bailey an idea: If they could streak the Chicago River green, why not turn it all green?
Three months later, revelers got their first look at an Ecto Cooler-colored river when the city poured 100 pounds of the chemical into the water. They got a really good look, too, as the river remained green for an entire week.
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Comfort Inn Glendive in Glendive MT
Book here: . . .. .. ... . . . . . . . . . Comfort Inn Glendive 1918 North Merrill Avenue Glendive MT 59330 Close to downtown Glendive, the Comfort Inn hotel is located just off Interstate 94. Popular attractions are nearby, like Makoshika State Park and the Frontier Gateway Museum. Outdoor activities like fishing and agate hunting on the Yellowstone River are within one mile. The well-appointed guest rooms and whirlpool suites provide all the luxuries while you're away from home. Cable television is in every room. Some rooms also include microwaves and refrigerators. Non-smoking rooms can be requested. Additional property features include coin-operated guest laundry facilities and a newsstand. The hotel offers the following services and amenities: Free high-speed Internet access; Free local calls; Indoor heated pool Enjoy our free hot breakfast featuring eggs, meat, yogurt, fresh fruit, cereal and more, including your choice of hot waffle flavors! Business travelers will appreciate access to fax and copy machines. The meeting room at this Glendive, MT hotel is convenient and accommodates up to 50 people. This Glendive, MT hotel is also close to the Makoshika Dinosaur Museum and the Cottonwood Country Club, a scenic nine-hole public golf course. Theodore Roosevelt National Park is just over one hour's drive from this Montana hotel. A selection of restaurants and cocktail lounges are located in the surrounding area. Shopping is also nearby.
Backroads of Montana: Episode 8 - The Badlands (1996)
Episode Eight of Backroads of Montana hosted by Montana TV & Radio personality, William Marcus.
We start with a tour of the Cameron Gallery in Terry, then stop at Makoshika State Park near Glendive to talk with dinosaur hunter Doc Hiatt, then visit the Medicine Rocks near Ekalaka. After chats with a saddlemaker and a pair of Wibaux homesteading pioneers, we conclude our journey by passing time with a trio of Ryegate retirees who combine woodworking and bird watching. This show originates from Ulm Pishkun State Park near Great Falls.
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.
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LEWIS & CLARK CAVERNS: VISITOR CENTER
Outside view from the visitor center of the Cave Mountain where the caverns are located, on the last day of official guided tour, Sept. 30, 2013. The state park is Montana's first and best-known park featuring one of the most decorated limestone caverns in the northwest USA. Above ground weather todate: 57*F, rainy and windy; underground inside caverns: 50*+ constant all year round! It's a two-hour, two-mile hike into and inside the caverns; did the 9:30 AM guided tour with seasoned state park guide Derrick. Info: visitmt.com, (Equipment: Samsung SMX-F40 digicam with 65x intellizoom Schneider-Kreuznach lens, 640x480 res., handheld, super windy condition)