Montana: A Historic Load of Bull

A Historic Load of Bull

Dreamed up as an "epic" and "historic" way to celebrate 100 years of statehood, the Great Montana Centennial Cattle Drive turned out to be an epic logistical headache and a historic huckster's delight (kitschy western "art" and $3,000 gold-plated Winchester rifles for sale). To allow 2,400 people (including a handful of real cowboys), 200 wagons and 2,800 cattle to plod 50 miles and six days from Roundup to Billings, U.S. Highway 87 had to be closed for two days. Saturday mail service to 15,000 Billings residents was canceled in anticipation of the drive's arrival, which produced something unknown in days of...

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