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South of the Border In the Sweet Grass Hills


February 13, 2019

This photo shows some of the facilities of the campground recently built on the old town site of Whitlash, about a quarter of a mile from the present community. The old town site was abandoned sometime in the early 1900's, repurposed into a sheep ranch and now is a campground with cabins and RV hookups. Above: Sometime after the town of Gold Butte was abandoned in the 1940's, the cemetery was moved to its present location overlooking the West Butte and surrounding prairie of the Sweet Grass Hills.

Dateline: Whitlash, Montana. In my first "South of the Border" column I wrote generally about the location of the Sweet Grass Hills (visible most days looking north from US Highway 2 from the Joplin/Chester area). More specifically the Hills are set in a line extending for about 50 miles east to west in a 10-15 mile wide band from north to south and adjacent to the national border. The various buttes/mountains/hills that make up the Sweet Grass Hills stand 3,000 feet above the surrounding prairie, with the promontories maxing out at 6983 feet elevation (West Butte). There are several peaks...

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