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By Rick and Susie Graetz
University of Montana 

Montana's Lonesome Highway

Series: This is Montana | Story 3

March 18, 2021

Rick and Susie Graetz

Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge is a worthy detour on a journey down Montana Highway 200.

From the center of the state at Lewistown, it is 262 miles to Sidney and just a few miles further to the Dakota line. At night you can drive 50 miles or more and never see another vehicle. Fly over it at after dark and you rarely notice a light. This far-flung portion of Hwy 200 traverses Montana's loneliest stretch of geography.

But that is this huge swath of landscapes greatest asset. For wha...

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