Kilns and Kin (No. 126)
First Aired Wednesday, November 01, 2006)
Travel along and visit Montana's gold smelters and African-American history in Miles City.
The Backroads crew travels along as family and friends gather near Lodge Grass to move animals onto summer range; we visit some abandoned beehive charcoal kilns west of Melrose -- all that's left of one of Montana's earliest and most productive gold smelters; we find the exact geographic center of the state near Lewistown; and visit with a woman who's maintaining her family's connection to the African-American history of the Miles City area. William Marcus hosts the program from a barber shop in Columbus.
Johnnie Thomas, the woman who researched her family's connection to the African-American history of the Miles City area, died from cancer on January 31, 2008.