The 151 mile trip from St. Regis to Deer Lodge, MT was all interstate but about 40 miles of it was one lane on our side due to construction zones. I don't think I have ever seen such long construction zones as out here. It is not unusual to have construction last for 20 consecutive miles. It hasn't been a problem yet so I guess they know what they are doing. With such a short time frame to do the construction, I guess they have to do it that way. It was a pretty drive down the valley with mountains all around us as we followed the Clark Fork River the whole way.
We are staying at the Indian Creek Campground and have a large, full hookup, pull-through with 50 amps and good WiFi. Verizon coverage is also good. The Campground has been full every night so there has been a lot of traffic as most only stay one or two nights at most.
Saturday we went to the Grant-Kohrs Ranch Historic Site
which is a full working ranch and they allow you to go all over it pretty much as you want. This weekend was the annual Ranch Days which also included a reunion of the descendants of the original owners of the ranch. We got to see the calf branding which is done every year to brand all the new calves born in the Spring. It was interesting to watch them herd all of the cows into one corral, then one at a time, drive the mamas back out into the pasture, leaving just the calves. They then herded the calves into a smaller corral where they waited their turn to be branded. You have never heard such a racket as those moms made after they were separated. Watch the short movie and maybe you can tell how upset they were.
We then went to the old Montana State Prison which is now a museum. It was originally built in 1871, primarily with prison labor, by the federal government as a territorial prison and then transferred to Montana once it became a state in 1889. The prison was shut down in 1979 and everyone moved to the new State Prison about four miles from here. The self-guided tour was very well done and we were able to roam the grounds as we liked and spend as much time as we wanted.
Tomorrow, Monday, we head for West Yellowstone, MT just outside the West entrance to Yellowstone National Park.