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South of the Border; A road trip to "Cut Bank: the Coldest Spot in the Nation

 

August 21, 2019

Cut Bank distinguishes itself as "The Coldest Spot in the Nation (except Alaska)." This 27-foot tall concrete penguin, erected in 1989, greets visitors at the east end of Cut Bank on US Highway 2. The bitter winter weather is defined by cold arctic air masses pushing south along the continental divide and the area's comparatively high elevation.

Columnist's note: I recently took my vehicle for a recall notice to a dealership, the nearest being in Cut Bank. Beforehand the shop manager said, "Be prepared to spend the day."

Like most folks from this area, I've driven through Cut Bank on US Highway 2 several times heading over to Kalispell or on west. My wife and I rode Amtrak to Cut Bank from Libby to a church meeting several years ago and spent a weekend there. It was the dead of winter so not a good time to be walking around.

The day I took my car was sunny, mild temps and a steady but not unpleasant breeze, perfect for a walkabou...



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