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OK, I normally don’t put jokes in this newsletter, but I just had to share this one.

Montana 3 Kick Rule

A big city lawyer went duck hunting in rural Montana. He shot and dropped a bird, but it fell into a farmer's field on the other side of a fence.

As the lawyer climbed over the fence, an elderly farmer drove up on his tractor and asked him what he was doing. The litigator responded, "I shot a duck and it fell in this field, and now I'm going in to retrieve it."

The old farmer replied. "This is my property, and you are not coming over here."

The indignant lawyer said, "I am one of the best trial attorneys in the U.S. and, if you don't let me get that duck, I'll sue you and take everything you own."

The old farmer smiled and said, "Apparently, you don't know how we do things in Montana. We settle small disagreements like this with the Montana Three Kick Rule."

The lawyer asked, "What is the Montana Three Kick Rule?"

The Farmer replied. "Well, first I kick you three times and then you kick me three times, and so on, back and forth, until someone gives up."

The attorney quickly thought about the proposed contest and decided that he could easily take the old codger. He agreed to abide by the local custom.

The old farmer slowly climbed down from the tractor and walked up to the
city feller. His first kick planted the toe of his heavy workboot into the lawyer's groin and dropped him to his knees. His second kick nearly ripped the man's nose off his face. The barrister was flat on his belly when the farmer's third kick to a kidney nearly caused him to give up.

The lawyer summoned every bit of his will and managed to get to his feet and said, "Okay, you old coot now it's my turn."

The old farmer smiled and said, "Naw, I give up. You can have the duck."

Glendale—A Montana Ghost Town

To reach this town, take Trapper Creek Road west out of Melrose for about 15 miles. This was the largest of several towns in the Bryant Mining District. The others, Lion City, Greenwood, Trapper City and Hecla have virtually vanished. At one time Glendale had a population of over 1,500 people, a school for 200 students, a Methodist church, commercial stores, and a water works system. The Hecla Mining Company was the main employer from 1881 to 1900. During it’s short life, it mined ore that was valued at over $22 million. The most interesting remains are those of the old Coke ovens which provided over 100,000 bushels of charcoal a month for the smelter. The ovens and the smelter stack are still in evidence on the road north of town. When the Hecla Mine shut down in 1904, the residents quickly deserted the town.

Excerpted from "The Ultimate Montana Atlas and Travel Encyclopedia". For more information about this book visit

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More August Happenings

We will try to provide the exact date and times when we can. Otherwise call the number provided for additional information. All of Montana is area code (406).

Musician’s Rendezvous
Columbus 646-4383
This acoustical event features impromptu jams, with everyone welcome.
Aug. 10-12

Beartooth BMW Motorcycle Rendezvous
Red Lodge 446-1718
2nd week in August

Annual Festival of Nations
Red Lodge 446-1718
A week long event that honors the community’s ethnic heritage with food, crafts, customs and dance. Aug. 3-12

Mountain Man Rendezvous
Red Lodge 446-1718
July 27th-Aug. 5th

Music Fest
Red Lodge 446-1718
A BBQ, festivities and live music. This year Sawyer Brown and Wily and the Wild West are featured. The Wagons West parade is also held during this event.
Aug. 26th

Sweet Grass County Fair
Big Timber 932-5131
Aug. 6-10

Cutting Horse Competition
Big Timber 932-5339
Held at the Carriage House Ranch
Aug. 18-19

Horse Driving Trial
Big Timber 932-5339
Held at the Carriage House Ranch
Aug. 25th

Shakespeare in the Park
Big Timber 932-4279

Park County Fair
Livingston 222-0850
Aug. 1-4

Annual Fiddler’s Picnic
Livingston 222-0850
Aug. 3-5

International Fly Fishing Show
Livingston 585-7592
Aug. 9-11

Excerpted from "The Ultimate Montana Atlas and Travel Encyclopedia". For
more information about this book visit

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