Browning

Welcome to the official site for the Town Of Browning , Montana

Attractions in and around Browning Montana

| | Museum of Plains Indian | | Old North Trail | | Rocky Mountain Front | | Triple Divide Peak | |
| | Holy Family Mission | | Dinosaurs & Fossils | | Sweet Grass Hills | | Buffalo Jump | |
Museum of the Plains Indian
Museum of the Plains Indian in Browning Montana
The Museum of the Plains Indian, founded in 1941, is administered by the Indian Arts and Crafts Board, an independent Federal agency located in the U.S. Department of the Interior, whose purpose is to promote the development of contemporary Native American arts of the United States.

The Old North Trail
Map of the vast area immediately east of the Rocky Mountains that the Blackfeet once called home from The Old North Trail by Walter McClintock

For 10,000 years aboriginal people of North America used The Old North Trail (from the Yukon Territory in Canada to New Mexico), first on foot, then with dogs pulling cargo-laden travois, and finally with horses.

Blackfeet Indians that live on the Blackfeet Reservation, which borders Glacier National Park on the east, once controlled a vast area immediately east of the Rocky Mountains from the North Saskatchewan River in Alberta, Canada to the Yellowstone River in southern Montana and were very jealous of any other tribe or white men entering this area.

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The Rocky Mountain Front
Rocky Mountain FrontMontana can be divided into two geographic areas in general. The eastern 3/5 of Montana is covered by the Great Plains and the western 2/5 of Montana is the Rocky Mountain Region. The Rocky Mountain Region of Montana is covered by flat, grassy valleys and mountains blanketed in fir, spruce, pine, and other evergreens.

Within the northern Rockies ecoregion (or ecological transition zone that provides a sanctuary of unusual suitability for a rare array of wildlife) is the Rocky Mountain Front, one of America's wildest and most majestic stretches of the Rocky Mountains.

The Rocky Mountain Front (the ‘Front’) is a series of mountains stretching for 100 miles from Glacier National Park to Lincoln, Montana that forms one of the most dramatic transitions from peaks to prairies in North America. The Great Plains meets with limestone faces rising thousands of feet out of the prairie.

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Triple Divide Peak
Triple Divide Peak in Glacier National Park is about 50 miles from Browning Montana
Glacier National Park, Montana is home to two great river divides, the Continental Divide and the Hudson Bay Divide. The Hudson Bay Divide joins the Continental Divide at Triple Divide Peak (point in back on right) in Glacier National Park to form an apex of three oceans.

 

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The Holy Family Mission
Holy Family Mission As members of federally recognized sovereign nations that exist within another country, American Indians are unique among minority groups in the United States. Ever since the European “discovery” and colonization of North America, the history of American Indians has been tied intimately to the influence of European settlers, religious entities and to the policies of the U.S. Government.

On many reservations missionaries operated schools that combined religious with academic training. Holy Family Mission on the Two Medicine began as a missionary boarding school.

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Dinosaurs and Fossils in Montana

Troodon Dinosaur Come and see for yourself the unique fossils preserved in this area. The first dinosaur fossil discovered and described in the western hemisphere was a single tooth found in beds near the mouth of the Judith River, east of Fort Benton, in 1854. The creature was given the name Troodon.

In 1902, the first fossil remains of a Tyrannosaurus Rex were found in a dig near Hell Creek, outside of Jordan. The remains suggested an animal 40 feet long, weighing about 16,000 pounds.

In 1988, Kathy Wankel, a Montana rancher out for a walk, discovered what turned out to be the most complete Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton ever found.

Most recently, Dale and Patty Fenner found a young tyrannosaur skelton on the Blackfeet Reservation. Its blade-shaped, serrated teeth indicate that it was a flesh-eater rather than a bone crusher like adult tyrannosaurs.

Maiasaura DinosaurAt Egg Mountain near Choteau, nests and eggs of the duck-billed dinosaur, Maiasaura peeblesorum, (Montana State Fossil) and the small plant-eater Orodromeus makelai have been found.

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Sweet Grass Hills
The Sweet Grass Hills from Highway 89 between Birch Creek and Two Medicine Creek, Blackfeet Country, Montana
Montana has over forty individually named mountain ranges, the result of a complex geologic history of sedimentation, deformation caused by compression, igneous activity, and most recently, extensional block faulting.

The Sweet Grass Hills, located on the plains of north central Montana between the Canadian border and the Milk River, are one of Montana's outstanding spectacles to view as it seems to take forever to reach them when driving closer.

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First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park
(Formerly Ulm Pishkun State Park)
Ulm Pishkun may be one of the largest buffalo jump sites in the world.
"Pishkun" comes from the Blackfeet word meaning "deep blood kettle." For thousand of years people have gathered here to celebrate and to feast.

Ulm Pishkun may be one of the largest buffalo jump sites in the world. The site was suitably named; scores of bison were driven over the cliffs and slaughtered.