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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP25 May 2020 8:57 p.m. PST

"It's a long way from England to Montana but I like to think that I will be able to get out to walk the scene of Custer's last stand one of these days. It looks like an inhospitable place in the photos I've seen, but, like a lot of battlefields, I'm sure it's magic is strong.

The bleakest of places often have a beauty only some of us will appreciate, but I'm quite convinced all the history, drama and tragedy have something of their own that lifts the experience of being there.

George Armstrong Custer is one of those brilliantly flawed characters it is easy to find attractive. My favourite book on him is the classic Son of the Morning Star by the late Evan S Connell…"
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PK Guy Brent26 May 2020 6:47 a.m. PST

"Bleakest of places" – "inhospitable place" ???? Seriously?? Perhaps this reviewer needs to stay in England. Montana is a beautiful state. Hardly bleak and inhospitable. Good grief – this guy makes it sound like it is on the face of the moon.

mghFond26 May 2020 9:08 a.m. PST

I agree, PK Guy Brent!

I've walked the battlefield, it is haunting but hardly a bleak landscape. I've been to many of the 50 states in my life and I still say Montana is the most impressive. Of course I was there in mid summer, I might think differently in mid winter, :)

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP26 May 2020 12:26 p.m. PST



Garryowen Supporting Member of TMP26 May 2020 1:21 p.m. PST

I agree with both of you.


Personal logo Saber6 Supporting Member of TMP Fezian26 May 2020 2:46 p.m. PST

Bleak? Lots of water and grass, plenty of Cottonwoods too.

Real mountains only a few miles away too.

Take it from a 'local'

coryfromMissoula26 May 2020 7:03 p.m. PST

Mid winter is nice too, mosquitoes are gone, grizzlies denned up, and tourists stick to the ski slopes.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP27 May 2020 12:43 p.m. PST



42flanker03 Jun 2020 4:33 p.m. PST

Well, to be fair to the poor chap, he was reviewing an Osprey book, not the Montana landscape

He only said "It looks like an inhospitable place in the photos I've seen."

If he is used to the fields and woods of Surrey, the bare hills and endless grasslands might seem forbidding, especially for those marching in high summer with irritated Plains warriors urging you to take your leave and depart…

SeattleGamer05 Jun 2020 10:37 a.m. PST

Montana is also known as Big Sky country. One of the prettiest states I have ever been to. Owned some land there (north of Billings, near Roundup) for about 20 years, hoping to retire there, but had to sell the land at one point.

I watch a lot of BBC shows, and most of the time, England has grey skies and looks uninviting to me. And I always assume they try and film their shows during the spring and summer, when the weather is nicer.

Not knocking grey skies (lived in Washington State for 11 years, and that is what you get half the time). Just saying I have never been in Montana when it wasn't beautiful.

And I have walked the battlefield as well. And while it is not the prettiest spot, it is not inhospitable.

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