Letters, Stories & Incidents from Montana: 1880 -1889


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News of a new place was often sent back home as people were exploring the American West in the 1880s. Letters which they sent home included bits and pieces of the lives of former citizens ranging from reports of people traveling to engage in new vocations, marriage notices, deaths, and obits, murders, births, fights and shootings, legal notices, politics, prices for commodities and more. There was always some news being sent home of interesting happenings in the place to which someone had moved. For me, there has been no better way to retrace the steps of those who traveled west in the 1880s. Through these letters written to the folks back home, we will look further into the soul of the early days of Montana, specifically in the decade of the 1880s.


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