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The Badlands (No. 108)

First Aired Wednesday, May 01, 1996

Since 1991, the Backroads crew has traveled across Montana visiting its unique people and places. The series airs regularly on MontanaPBS.

Backroads of Montana

(No. 108) The Badlands

Rating: TV-G

The Badlands explores, among other things, saddle craftsmanship and dinosaur hunting.

We start with a tour of the Cameron Gallery in Terry, then stop at Makoshika State Park near Glendive to talk with dinosaur hunter Doc Hiatt, then visit the Medicine Rocks near Ekalaka. After chats with a saddlemaker and a pair of Wibaux homesteading pioneers, we conclude our journey by passing time with a trio of Ryegate retirees who combine woodworking and bird watching. This show originates from Ulm Pishkun State Park near Great Falls.

Program Updates

The Evelyn Cameron Gallery in Terry is still open and the town inaugurated the “Lady Cameron Heritage Days” in the summer of 2005. The event is expected to recur each year during the Prairie County Fair. A new gallery opened in the old Rialto Theater. Ivy Brubaker, who shared her family’s Cameron album with us, died in February 2006. She was 97. Doc Hiatt died at age 90 in 2013 The kindly Wibaux ladies who traded stories of cold Montana winters have passed on. Miriam Breitenfeldt passed away in early 1997 at age 92.  Lela Hall died in June, 1998. She was 98. Saddle maker John Brown eventually moved his saddle shop from Ekalaka to Miles City. He died in April, 2005. Earl Ossie died in 2011, Jerry Gantz in 2014. Ulm Pishkun State Park near Great Falls was renamed First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park in 2007.