About The Bear Paw Mountaineer (Big Sandy, Mont.) 1911-1921
- Dates available on this site:
- March 2, 1911-Dec. 29, 1921
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- Contributing institution:
- Big Sandy Cultural Fund, Big Sandy, Montana
For its first two decades, Big Sandy was primarily a “cow town” on the open range. It served as the prototype for the fictional community of Dry Lake in B. M. Bower’s Flying U novels. The town began in 1887 with the arrival of the railroad, but it was not until 1911, when herds of homesteaders descended on the area, that a newspaper was founded. The first issue was printed in a wool warehouse, and for the next decade it was edited variously by John E. Mahood and the family of his son-in-law, Paul R. Flint. The Bear Paw Mountaineer served the growing northern Chouteau County area until 1921, when the homestead boom finally bust. When Claude C. Mills took over the paper in 1921, he changed the name to The Mountaineer, under which name the paper continues to publish today. While still in high school, Montana author Dan Cushman honed his skills as a contributor to the paper.
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