The Great Plains, Trains and Manifest Destiny: Browning to Terry, MT

Definitely need to add this place to our list of ones to visit.

noticed while wandering

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“…the great grasslands—also known as the Great Plains and prairies—test a person’s fortitude as few other places do…Yet mysteriously, almost imperceptibly…the Great Plains and prairies grow on you.”

Daniel S. Licht, Ecology & Economics of the Great Plains (1997, Univ. Nebraska Press, Lincoln, NE)

Driving through the plains, there is lots of time to think. Between the few small towns from Browning to Havre, the road is 2 lanes, flat, straight ahead, with very few other vehicles. There are subtle landscape differences in fences and gates, an occasional small lone house and outbuildings. The expansive land may be planted in grain or beans, but more commonly is range or grassland, often being cut for hay.

There is a palpable sense of solitude.

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US Route 2 is the northernmost east-west (or west-east) road in the country, and in part follows the Theodore Roosevelt International Highway, originally planned in 1919 to connect Portland, Maine…

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