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Gazette opinion: City made a good faith effort, now it's time for the community support

Gazette opinion: City made a good faith effort, now it's time for the community support

How many times have we heard the phrase "public-private partnership?"

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Yellowstone River crossing

Yellowstone River crossing

This view looks across the river, from north to south, showing the possible drainage Sgt. Nathaniel Pryor and his men pushed the horses up.

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Bill Cole and Mike Penfold

Bill Cole and Mike Penfold

Bill Cole and Mike Penfold discuss Clarks Crossing of the Yellowstone River on Thursday. Penfold speculated that the Bozeman Trail may have used the same crossing almost 60 years after William Clark's men.

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Ralph Saunders

Ralph Saunders

Ralph Saunders moves through tall grass carrying a GPS and maps of Clarks Crossing of the Yellowstone River near Billings. 

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Yellowstone River

Yellowstone River

The Yellowstone River in the area of Clarks Crossing used to flow farther north in 1806. 

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GPS tracking Clark

GPS tracking Clark

Bill Cole, Ralph Saunders and Mike Penfold check a GPS near Clarks Crossing of the Yellowstone River near Billings. 

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Beaver leavings

Beaver leavings

Ralph Saunders talks about the impact of beaver near Clarks Crossing. Back in 1806, there were so many beavers along the Yellowstone River that there were lots fewer trees in the floodplain, Saunders said.

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Clarks Crossing

Clarks Crossing

Bill Cole, Mike Penfold and Ralph Saunders discuss where William Clark's men probably crossed the Yellowstone River near Billings in 1806 while herding 26 horses.

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Group that went to Sioux Falls last month building a work plan

Group that went to Sioux Falls last month building a work plan

They went to Sioux Falls, S.D., and liked virtually everything they saw.

June 25, 2014 1:30 am Photos

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Chamber announces new boards

Chamber announces new boards

The Billings Chamber of Commerce has announced its 2014-2015 board of directors, effective July 1, 2014, through June 30, 2015.

June 08, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Bill Cole

Bill Cole

Bill Cole

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Billings looks to island lease to expand trail system

Billings looks to island lease to expand trail system

The city of Billings is considering leasing a 71-acre parcel of land along the Yellowstone River from the state of Montana.

December 09, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Bill Cole, Jeff Butcher and Chas Weldon

Bill Cole, Jeff Butcher and Chas Weldon

From left, Cole, Jeff Butcher and Chas Weldon examine a map from 1881 showing the path of the Northern Pacific Railroad through the Yellowstone Valley.

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Official Map of the Fort Laramie Treaty

Official Map of the Fort Laramie Treaty

Bill Cole, Jeff Butcher and Chas Weldon, left to right, look at an Official Map of the Fort Laramie Treaty, dating from 1851. The map includes a small portrait of a Crow Indian chief identified as “Big Robber.”

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Measuring chains used by surveyors

Measuring chains used by surveyors

Measuring chains once used by surveyors are part of the “Charting the New Frontier” exhibit.

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1897 General Land Office map

1897 General Land Office map

A detail of an 1897 General Land Office map of Montana notes where coal is found or likely to be found.

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A 1927 Montana AAA map

A 1927 Montana AAA map

A 1927 Montana AAA map shows a then-rare section of paved road between Butte and Anaconda.

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Early French map of the western U.S.

Early French map of the western U.S.

Bill Cole shows an early French map of the western United States. Cole lent the Yellowstone County Museum several original maps for its “Charting the New Frontier” exhibit.

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"Charting the New Frontier" exhibit

"Charting the New Frontier" exhibit

The exhibit “Charting the New Frontier” is now on display at the Yellowstone County Museum.

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Map of Montana in 1879

Map of Montana in 1879

A Rand McNally map of Montana in 1879 includes descriptions of what were then walking paths between the Bull Mountains and the Yellowstone River.

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