June 1, 2013
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BNSF train chugs up the approach to Bozeman Pass.
Why does Warren Buffett hate the Keystone XL pipeline and love Barack Obama? He loves making money hauling oil on BNSF. a wholly owned subsidiary of Buffet's Berkshire Hathaway conglomerate empire.
By the way, it is June 1st and the snow line is about 1,000 feet up.
The Bozeman Trail - On July 14, 1806 Captain William Clark accompanied by 11 members of the expedition party camped about a mile east of here on the flat at the mouth of Kelly Canyon. The next day, Sacajawea guided the party up the canyon on an old buffalo trail to a pass at the summit of the Gallitan Range. In 1863, after failing to open the Bozeman Trail, John Bozeman and a small party on horseback traveled west over this pass when they returned to Montana. The men in the party named the pass for Bozeman. The pass became the route of the Bozeman Trail when it was opened in 1864. Most Bridger Trail travelers went through Bridger pass several miles to the north.
From Bozeman Pass, the Bozeman Trail crossed the head of Moffit Canyon to Kelly Canyon. The trail descended Kelly Canyon and entered the Gallitan Valley at the site of Fort Ellis. As they approached the town of Bozeman diarist enthusiastically recorded seeing the first fences, plowed fields and cabins since leaving the eastern settlements. Today the lower three miles of Kelly Canyon Road follows the historic Bozeman Trail as it winds its way down from the summit to the Gallitan Valley.
FORT ELLIS - Established as a military post August 27, 1867 by order of President Johnson and General U.S. Grant
the post was abandoned in December 1886.
Captain Wm Clark of the Lewis and Clark expedition encamped here July 14, 1806 with his Indian guide Sacajawea. and the following men
Toussaint Charbonneau, George Gibson, Sergeant Pryor and others.
Back east it was Virginia is for Lovers.
Horizon at twilight from the rear of our home.
Home sweet home.