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By Rick and Susie Graetz
University of Montana 

Southwest Montana Provides Distinctive Stories (Part 4 of 4)

This is Montana


January 8, 2020

Rick & Susie Graetz

Trapper Peak rises over the Bitterroot Valley.

For the most part, the physical and social geography of Southwest Montana has changed little with the passage of time. Ranching and agriculture are the major lifestyles, and the Bitterroot and Gallatin valleys still draw the most folks. Water, which played a significant role in the past, is still important today. Here in this quadrant of the state is the gathering place for the rivers forming t...

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