The 1910 Expedition

Come with us. . .

Images from 1910

. . .travel to that most exotic of places: the past.

Visit the dusty roads, the mining camps, the railroad towns, the raw new cities, the homesteads, the businesses, the churches, the firefighting camps, and the cattle drives of Montana in 1910.

It was a pivotal period in world history. Times were changing. Things were getting better and things were getting worse. Amid dreams and worries and arguments and prayers, people worked to make new places for themselves or to keep places they'd grown to know or love.

It was a time much different from today. It was a time very similar to today.

Profound political questions were open for discussion, filling some people with excitement and others with dread. Should America be socialist or capitalist? Should the government take responsibility for the social welfare of citizens? Should women vote and be full participants in civic processes? Should government control business? Should government dictate the relationship between labor and capital? Should the government be involved in environmental regulation and conservation of natural resources?

And it wasn't just government that was changing. Telephones, cars, airplanes and electricity were rapidly being turned from novelties and prototypes into the foundation of a new way of life. The industrial age was changing communications, entertainment, and travel.

Help us understand that place and time by contributing research essays, photo essays or primary documents about any topic: the coming of telephones, the relationships between men and women, life at school, the magazines that were being read, what people did for recreation, what sermons were being preached, what a trip to the dentist was like, or the condition of roads in your county.

What businesses were thriving on main street in your town? How did a livery stable function? What was the interior layout of the buildings like? What activities generated income for the proprietors? What music were people listening to and where? What were the rules of baseball? What leagues existed?

And always: do photographs exist?

2007 Montana Heritage Project