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CM Russell | The Art & Soul of the American West

Charles Marion Russell (1864–1926) was many things; consummate Westerner, historian, advocate of the Northern Plains Indians, cowboy, writer, outdoorsman, philosopher, environmentalist, conservationist, and not least, artist. In Montana’s Basecamp for Art & Adventure, you can experience first-hand the places Charlie touched; from the Judith Basin where he worked as a ranch hand to his home…

Four of the Best Date Ideas in Montana’s Basecamp

Just like Great Falls Montana, a good date is chock full of personality. These four date night itineraries are designed with variety and personal touches in mind. Switch up your usual routine, swap the dinner and a movie combo for something more adventurous. Have fun, make it personal, and plan to leave your significant other…

10 Things you Don’t Expect During Western Art Week

For one fantastic week in March, Great Falls becomes the Western Art Capital of the World. The event, now in its 50th year, is always held in March in honor of famed cowboy artist Charlie Russell’s birthday and still takes people by surprise. Many attendees think they know all about Western Art Week, but time…

Jazz! The Legacy of the Ozark Club

There was just something about the Ozark Club. From 1933 to 1962, this nightclub in Great Falls became an entertainment sensation sought far and wide. Imagine the swirls of tobacco smoke filling the air, the saxophone wailing, and the gin flowing in a cornerstone of Great Falls history. After 15 long years, Prohibition ended in Montana and Leo…

High Culture in the Heart of Montana | How Great Falls Blends Art & Adventure

Nestled in the northern-central heart of Montana, Great Falls is home to independent adventurers, and forward thinking innovators. Inspired by the surrounding mountains, the generous prairie, and a storied Western heritage, the town’s location on the alluring Missouri River calls to mind the explorers who passed through the countryside centuries ago. Great Falls is suited…

In the Footsteps of Lewis and Clark: How to Have a Fascinating (and Memorable) History Tour of Great Falls

For history lovers, Great Falls is synonymous with Western heritage. The Lewis and Clark expedition spent more than a month portaging around a series of waterfalls on the Missouri River (the same falls that give the city its name) and famed cowboy artist Charles M. Russell spent his days in the surrounding Great Plains, immortalizing…

An Insider’s Guide to the River’s Edge Trail | A 60-Mile Adventure Corridor in the Heart of Great Falls

The word “Montana” is nearly synonymous in outdoor circles with adventure. The state draws skiers, hikers, backpackers, anglers, and travelers from around the globe, eager to explore the region’s tall mountains and vast plains. But in Big Sky Country, occasionally adventure and civilization combine—in the north-central city of Great Falls, Montana’s Basecamp for Art &…

Great Falls Gifts Worth Giving

Enjoy creating memories with your friends, families, and colleagues with experiences you can only find in Great Falls | Montana’s Basecamp for Art & Adventure. This year, rather than buying another tie, fruitcake, or other gifts that will go unused, give your friends, family, and colleagues something they’ll love even more; an experience in Great…

What the Men on the Expedition Must Have Thought

Picture it; St. Louis, 1803. The President of the United States turns to you and says, “I just bought some land – a bit west of here, sight unseen, and was thinking maybe you could head out and see what we got.” I am not quite sure I would have been as excited as Lewis…

Adventure | The Dead Among Us

Great Falls, as an early Basecamp for Adventure in Montana, is home to hair-raising stories from our early settlers to turn-of-the century residents. The dead among us have given Great Falls amazing stories that reverberate throughout the soul of the city even today. The following are a few stories collected from Great Falls historians that…

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