Prairie County Museum and Evelyn Cameron Gallery Claimed
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The museum was founded in 1975 and now includes the 1906 Bank of Terry building, the only steam-heated outhouse west of the Mississippi, a pioneer homestead, a Burlington Northern train depot, and the Cameron Gallery.
In the late 1800s, those living along the Yellowstone River in eastern Montana were likely to encounter a woman lugging a large format camera. She carried her 5x7 Graflex camera everywhere and, after nearly 30 years of taking photographs, she had amassed an incredible archive of life on the frontier.
An English couple, Ewen and Evelyn Cameron were among the earliest to settle near Terry. Evelyn was a child of the London aristocracy. Ewen's dream was to raise polo ponies and ship them to Europe. When most of his first shipment of horses died, the Camerons, broke, had to struggle to survive. Evelyn was forced to take in borders, selling vegetables from her garden, and cook for roundup crews to make ends meet. She purchased a mail-order camera and taught herself photography. She photographed everything and everyone around her.
Cowboys, sheepherders, frontier families, people working, riverboats, weddings, wildlife, and landscapes. Farmers and their wives all going