Hitting the Road: Plenty Coups State Park

2014-08-01T01:00:00Z 2014-08-05T07:23:20Z Hitting the Road: Plenty Coups State Park The Billings Gazette

Where is it? Take Blue Creek Road south 13 miles out of Billings then turn southwest onto Pryor Road for another 13 miles and watch for signs.

What makes it special? The park is culturally significant because it honors the last traditional chief of the Crow Tribe. Chief Plenty Coups witnessed many changes from the time he was born in 1848 to his death in 1932. He led his people into a new era, bridging the gap between the old ways and the new while retaining their cultural traditions. In one of his visions, he saw himself as an old man without any children of his own but as a leader of many Crow people. He became a chief at the age of 21 and while married twice did not have any children of his own. The other aspect to this park is that it is a slice of prairie with waving fields of grain, Pryor Creek meandering through it, and views of the Pryor Mountains.

Extras: Chief Plenty Coups State Park will honor its namesake at a barbecue on Aug. 30, which is open to the public. The Day of Honor will include Native music and dancing and a buffalo feed.

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