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Montana Place Names from Alzada to Zortman

By Montana Historical Society Research Center Staff

Montana Place Names from Alzada to Zortman is the authoritative reference guide to Montana places.

The project began at the Montana Historical Society Research Center when, stumped over a question about the origin of the name of a mountain peak, Brian Shovers and Charlene Porsild wished for a comprehensive reference on Montana's place names. A patron casually pointed out that the staff of the Research Center would make the perfect team to research and write such a book. Brian and Charlene agreed, and the project soon grew to include historian Ellen Baumler, author of Spirit Tailings and Beyond Spirit Tailings, as well as historian Rich Aarstad and archivist Ellie Arguimbau. They turned to Montanans across the state, calling museums, coffee shops, libraries, and schools to unearth the stories of places across Montana.

Montana Place Names includes historic photos and full-color maps that make each place easy to find. It is meant to be dog-eared, marked up, and flipped through. Take it along on road trips, put it in the glove box, or keep it handy for after-dinner discussions and friendly debates. No matter how you use it, Montana Place Names is sure to spark conversation and satisfy curiosity about Montana's rich history.

Montana Place Names can be ordered directly from the Montana Historical Society by calling toll-free 1-800-243-9900 or by clicking order.

350 pages, 100+ photographs and maps
paper, ISBN 978-0-9759196-1-3, $24.95

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