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  • A Brief History of Whitehall: Part II

    MARK SPERO and RICK GRAETZ|May 4, 2022

    A prominent feature that draws visitors to this Jefferson Valley community are the twelve Lewis and Clark murals depicting the Corps of Discovery's passage thru the landscape. In 1999, residents created the base for each mural, while Kit Mather and Michelle Tebay, who both live in the area, painted the details. Spread around Whitehall, these paintings link the town today to Montana's important place in the exploration of the Louisiana Purchase and beyond. Memories can be easily lost through the...

  • A Brief History of Whitehall, Montana: Part I

    MARK SPERO and RICK GRAETZ, University of Montana|Apr 27, 2022

    Like many southwest Montana valleys, the Jefferson River served as a passage for native American tribes "going to buffalo" on the Montana prairie. Where the town of Whitehall now stands, was a crossroads for trails that would then follow the Jefferson to the Three Forks where many of the native peoples joined forces and traveled together. And over time no one tribe controlled the area, rather it was used for hunting and rest by the Bannock, Shoshone, Crow, Nez Perce, and Blackfeet amongst...