Stories about the historical newsmakers of the Gallatin Valley and southwest Montana.

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John M. Bozeman, with fellow guide John M. Jacobs, blazed a route more direct than the Oregon Trail to the Gallatin Valley and the gold-mining camps beyond. And once he got here, the city's first "developer" presented mid-19th century European settlers with another viable place to homestead.

Bozeman's first mayor, John "Vesuvius" Bogert, set out to tame his city. Upon his election to the post at age 70, Bogert warned citizens that the following behavior would not be tolerated, according to Gallatin Historical Society records:

In the early days of Bozeman skiing, before high-speed chairlifts, crowded runs and busy parking lots, there wasn't much more to a ski hill th…

Julius Lehrkind, founder of the original Bozeman Brewery, fled Germany when he was 17 years old.

The old two-story stucco house with green shutters at 234 E. Mendenhall St. looks pretty unremarkable today, but 120 years ago it was likely t…

It seems Sen. Zales Ecton, R-Mont., would have little trouble jumping into the political debates of today, despite having served in the Senate…

Ride or go home. That's what Pete Karst told his guests at Karst's Cold Springs Resort — founded in 1907 and believed to be Montana's first dude ranch.

Sam Eagle must've had an explorer's heart to move out west and away from his Pennsylvania home, one of his family members suspects.

In 1970, when anchorman Chet Huntley prepared to go off the air and move back to Montana, Life Magazine went to the New York studio where the …

In Bozeman’s history of colorful characters — its rootin’-tootin’ cowboys, trailblazers and boom-and-bust gold prospectors — the life of Gen. …

Charles Bovey, the man who saved a dilapidated Virginia City from decay and turned it into the destination it is today, first came to Montana …

Bozeman’s parks are named for businessmen, a librarian, dairy farmers and a forest ranger, to name a few.

When Gen. Robert C. Mathis and his wife, Greta, created Bozeman’s I Am Third Foundation and Eagle Mount in 1982, they built a community that e…

On June 23, 1988, a lightning bolt struck near remote Shoshone Lake in Yellowstone National Park. A fire ignited and smoldered with little mov…

Forty years ago, a pair of Montana State University professors skied into Hyalite Canyon and saw something nobody had seen before: dozens of f…