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Backroads of Montana

The Next Chapter (No. 151)

Follow a funeral director in Chinook, burrow into a bookstore in Alberton, go behind the scenes with the restoration team at the St. Ignatius Mission, and more. John Twiggs hosts the show in Gardiner.

Backroads of Montana

(No. 151) The Next Chapter


Explore a funeral home, church, bookstore and more. John Twiggs hosts from Gardiner.

Join us as we continue to explore the stories beyond Montana’s beaten path. 

In this episode, we’ll follow a funeral director in Chinook who handles everything from embalming to lowering the casket. See what it takes to serve rural communities in this essential role. In western Montana, we’ll burrow into a bookstore on Alberton’s main street to find out how it became home to more than 100,000 tomes. It turns out, this store full of stories has one of its own. We’ll also examine a roadside curiosity near the tiny town of Ledger: a massive concrete relic of the Cold War. We’ll share the solemn story of its failed construction. And one of Montana’s iconic churches is in the final phases of a massive restoration project. The St. Ignatius Mission on the Flathead Indian Reservation was built in 1891, and its history includes beautiful art and a painful past. We’ll go behind the scenes with the restoration team to uncover interesting discoveries along the way. 

Producer John Twiggs makes his debut as host while exploring the gateway town of Gardiner.