The Extreme History Project Lecture Series – Montana Highway Tales with Jon Axline

Posted: July 13, 2022 by extremehistory in Uncategorized

July 21 – 6pm – Jon Axline – Montana Highway Tales. In-person event at The Museum of the Rockies. 

Join us for our next Extreme History Project Lecture Series offering with historian Jon Axline. This will be an in-person event in the Museum of the Rockies Hager Auditorium. Jon’s book, “Montana Highway Tales” will be for sale after the presentation. This event is free and open to the public, hope you can join us!

There is plenty of Montana’s exciting history visible from its storied highways. Over the past forty years, the Montana Department of Transportation has recorded and photographed hundreds of archaeological sites and historic properties. Many are rather mundane, but many more have fascinating stories to tell about the state’s colorful past. Montana Highway Tales tells the stories of just a few of those places. Some, like the stone chimney south of Havre and the concrete structure built into the hillside between Logan and Three Forks, have been the subject of speculation by motorists for decades. Jon Axline’s presentation will delve into the histories of the Bozeman Trail, the famed Smith Mine near Bearcreek, Montana’s cold war radar stations, historically significant roads and bridges in the state, and giant grasshoppers among other subjects. Montana history is much more than vigilantes, the Battle of the Little Bighorn, and copper kings. This presentation will, hopefully, widen our appreciation for the state’s varied and lively history.

Jon Axline is the long-time historian and interpretive marker coordinator at the Montana Department of Transportation. Long ago, he graduated from Montana State University with an MA in American history. Since then, Jon has since published a number of articles and books on a variety of Montana history subjects ranging from raptor dinosaurs to the cold war sky watchers. He lives in Helena with his wife, Lisa, three Corgis and a very spoiled dachshund.

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