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By Rick and Susie Graetz
Department of Geography University of Montana 

Bits of Montana Wisdom (Part 4)

This is Montana


Rick and Susie Graetz

The Yellowstone River above Big Timber.

Call it 670 miles – or perhaps more precisely 674 miles – but either way, the Yellowstone River remains the nation's longest undammed waterway. It's a great river that meanders through some of the finest mountain and prairie topography on the planet – peaks reaching past 12,000 feet in elevation, the largest high-mountain lake on the continent, dense evergreen forests, buttes, colorful badlands, deep canyons, sweet-smelling sage and juniper covered hills. A good portion of this wondrous river flows in Wyoming but Montana claims most of it and gives it a home.

When did the name Yellows...

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