"The Big Sky Country" mounts an exhibit full of the fire and spirit of the Western frontier. At the heart of the exhibit are seven railroad cars, parked on a rail siding and painted on the outside with 16-foot murals of Western scenes by Montana artist Lyman A. Rice. Three of the cars house a museum, another displays a collection of cattle brands, and the remainder contain shops. Also on the grounds are two corrals, two log forts and some Indians.
|The rustic wooden structures of the Montana pavilion were a striking contrast to the many futuristic structures spread across the Fair. (CD #24 Set 132 #3A)|
|Museum on Wheels.
Mounted examples of Montana fish and wildlife are on display, along with
paintings and sculpture by two leading Western painters, Charles M. Russell
and Frederic Remington, among others. There are exhibits from Montana's
state and national parks, and a million dollars in gold nuggets and dust is
piled up casually, making a heap only a cubic foot in size. Also on display
are 14 cases from the Don Foote collection of mementos of Western
personalities: guns, saddles, bridles once used by Wild Bill Hickok, General
George Armstrong Custer and Buffalo Bill Cody.
Montana was a very long and thin pavilion due to the use of the train cars. (CD #10 Set 50 #4)
|The Corrals. One of the two corrals contains a stuffed pinto horse in a bucking position - which people may mount to have their pictures taken - and a mechanical buffalo that can be driven about. The other displays various breeds of livestock raised in Montana. (CD #10 Set 50 #24)|
|Dancing and Music. The Indians encamped at the exhibit give several shows daily of tribal dancing. In the arcade at the second of the forts are nickelodeons and other antique music-making machines, all in working condition and ready for playing. (CD #23 Set 123 #20)|
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