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Gorgeous Montana

A state famously regarded as desolate but made seemingly dense and outrageously interesting in this cartoon by Roz Chast, scanned from the April 22, 1996 issue of The New Yorker. Still awesome 11 years later. But has the mosaic changed much since its publication?
  • Anonymous
  • September 19, 2007 at 2:23:00 PM CDT
  • Actually the original map is wrong- the pseudo cowboys should be down by Bozeman and the environmentalists should be by Missoula. I think they left out the property developers, and Texan and Californian Retirees, plus people stuck in the early 80's. anyway I really like the name of your site and logo

  • Anonymous
  • September 19, 2007 at 8:30:00 PM CDT
  • I think I-5 goes right thru 'anti-environmentalists' and 'organized tax dodgers' - and i can attest to the truth of it! stopping for gas in anything other than an old truck starts to get scary after a while.

  • Anonymous
  • September 19, 2007 at 10:18:00 PM CDT
  • I grew up in Montana, in the part which is labeled as 'Hollywood pseudo-cowboys'. I would say that label is true for the area around Kalispell (say the eastern half of that section). I'd label the west part asbestos country (when I grew up, it was in the anti-environmental group; bumper stickers of "Save a logger, eat a spotted owl" were common). Right-wing religious fantatics can be found everywhere.

  • Anonymous
  • September 20, 2007 at 9:54:00 AM CDT
  • Just got back last night, went to revisit one of the biggest Landscape Architectur projects I've heard of. We worked on US 93 from Evaro to Polson (just north of Missoula to the south end of Flathead lake) which runs through the Flathead Indian Reservation.
    I think that without Tribal presence (this reservation and others) on this map it's as good as Bush's exit strategy. What are they, invisible?
    BTW- The US 93 project is a 56 mile long landscape project that includes native plant salvage and revegetation, highway realignment, 40+ wildlife crossings, comprehensive signage and interpretation, community revitalization, and the unprecedented cooperation between Tribal, Federal and State governments.

  • Anonymous
  • September 20, 2007 at 11:41:00 AM CDT
  • the logo could use improvement. but that is the only negative thing i can say about pruned. this blog is epic.

  • Alexander Trevi
  • September 20, 2007 at 7:32:00 PM CDT
  • Fantastic! Thanks to everybody for the updates. Now I know why Sam Neill in The Hunt for Red October was so very keen to see Montana, which he never did, obviously, because he was killed, but he did see the state in The Horse Whisperer and Jurassic Park.

    Inconsequential trivia aside, perhaps we can add dino hunters to the map, alongside the militias, who--from what I remember from news reports back in the mid-90s--were living off-the-grid and vehemently unkind to trespassers and federal agents alike.

    ints: Not sure you'd want a "Tribal presence" as the map is meant to show some of the more absurd personalities calling Montana their home and the inevitable clashes between two or more of these groups. Rumble in Helena, tonight on HBO On Demand.

    I'm pretty sure one of the mad bombers is Ted Kaczynski. Would you want the reservation mapped next to his mountain cabin?

    But then again, maybe there are tribes I haven't heard about who want to build The Great Casino of America right on Public Lands, thus setting up Thrilla in Pompeys Pillar with environmentalist nutters and anti-gambling religious nutters.

    And Anon #3: what do you not like about the logo? I think it needs improvement as well. It should be more weedy, more luxuriously bushy, in desperate need of a pruning. Like decades-old growth of a Hindu sadhu, filling the page, diminishing legibility.

  • Anonymous
  • December 10, 2007 at 9:07:00 PM CST
  • South Central Montana with an expansion grid should be labled "Private Property of Turner Enterprise, People caught even looking in our direction will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law".

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