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Jurassic Park III

Last night, Bozeman hosted the world premiere of Jurassic Park III. The model for actor Sam Neills character is Bozeman’s own Jack Horner, world famous paleontologist and curator of paleontology at the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman. In one of the early scenes actress Laura Dern mentions she’s using Horner as a source for her latest book. The next scene supposedly takes place at Fort Peck Lake in eastern Montana. In it, actor Neill is driving a Museum of the Rockies vehicle. Horner was the technical advisor for this movie as he was for the two previous JP thrillers.

Old Jail Museum
Corner of Maiden Lane and S. Madison, Thompson Falls. 827-3496

This two-story Italianate style jail was built in 1907 at a cost of $5,000. Edward Donlan, a timber baron donated land for the new county courthouse and jail. It is Thompson Falls’ oldest surviving county building. It was originally divided into incarceration cells on the second level with living quarters for the sheriff and his family on the first level.

There are four cells, each designed to hold four individuals. One cell, separate from the others, was for women and children detainees. Steel bars fastened by beams to a concrete floor and cement ceiling assured strict security within the cell room, while an 18" solid brick wall with steel door and locks isolated it from the stairway entrance. In the 1950s it was considered the finest jail in the state. The museum is open from Mother’s Day to Labor Day 7 days a week from noon to 4 p.m.

Excerpted from "The Ultimate Montana Atlas and Travel Encyclopedia".

Copyright © 2003 Michael Dougherty. Use of this material for radio and television programs, printed media, webcasting, and any other source of mass dissemination is prohibited without permission of the publisher.

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