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Terry Montana

Located in: Southeast Montana

A British lady, her naturalist husband, and her unwieldy 5x7 Graflex camera moved to Terry, in the 1800s. 'Lady' Evelyn Cameron took startlingly clear pictures of everything: cowboys, sheepherders, weddings, river crossings, freight wagons, people working, badlands, eagles, coyotes and wolves.

Through her camera lens Terry was recorded for posterity. That posterity has turned into national acclaim for the area through the work of former Time-Life Books editor, Donna Lucey. In the late 1970s, Lucey discovered thousands of Cameron's photo-negatives stashed away in the basement of Cameron's best friend's home. Lucey quickly realized she had discovered a treasure trove of masterpieces chronicling the lives of Terry's early settlers. After years of sorting the photographs and studying Cameron's meticulously kept diaries, Lucey published 'Photographing Montana 1894-1928: The Life and Work of Evelyn Cameron,' a photo-book that beautifully depicts Cameron's photographic genius and her unique personality. National magazines and television networks carried stories on the unusual frontier photographer.

Visitors can discover Terry's history at the Cameron Gallery featuring large crisp copies of the photographs that made her famous. The collection is a stunning portrayal of the everyday lives of eastern Montana homesteaders. Free.

The Prairie County Museum, housed in the old State Bank of Terry, is filled with horse and buggy equipment, and household and business antiques. A dentist office, barber shop, butcher shop, one-room school, library, hospital room, laundry, kitchen, dining room and bedroom date back to the turn of the century. Also on display are thousands of old photographs, including some from the famous Lady Evelyn Cameron collection, and an extensive manuscript file is being built.

Terry is nestled by the Yellowstone River in the heart of agate country, where people come from all over the United States to hunt along the river, the creeks and nearby hills, gathering the translucent rocks with the rough skins. The agates can be clear, spotty, banded, almost black or dendritic. Slabbed with a diamond saw, the rocks are mostly used for jewelry, wind chimes, lamp shades and coffee tables.

The nearby Terry badlands provide a dramatic backdrop and recreational opportunities. The Yellowstone River at this point is also known as one of the easy-floating rivers, with currents at 4.7 mph, ideal for the novice or the pro-floater, with abundant scenery and wildlife. Enjoy hunting and fishing at their best in Terry County.

Take a short drive up the 'Scenic View' road northwest of Terry to see the famed 'Badlands.' Terry County is also rich in history. Travel to the famed base camp area of the Custer Expedition and visit the graves of soldiers who died from wounds received in the Battle of the Little Bighorn, or to where the Far West Steamboat docked. Thirty-five miles north of Terry is the location of the battle between General Miles and Sitting Bull.

Terry is located in southeastern Montana, southeast of Glendive on I-90.

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