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Posted by Frank Hardy (+1606) 8 years ago
My 3 biggest disappointments in the changes in Miles City over the last 40 years are:

1. The Crossroads Inn burned down.

2. The Airport Inn burned down.

3. You can't climb Carbon Hill freely anymore.

Anyone else?

FH
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Posted by SeptyTwo (+673) 8 years ago
Before this thread becomes a circle jerk of negativity, can we possibly inject some POSITIVE changes alongside everything else?

I don't have any certain items of change to list yet, as we have only been here about 7 years, but after growing up in California and beginning a family in the Cali-wannabe Oklahoma City, bringing my family back to the city of my birth was a MAJOR and POSITIVE change for all of us.
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Posted by Gunnar Emilsson (+17321) 8 years ago
4. Chemtrails began falling from the sky.
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Posted by Bill Gierke (+79) 8 years ago
I will start with three positives:

Kafe Utza
Airport Inn - Same family since I moved to Miles City in 1964. It was called the Beer Jug then. The burning of the old API was tragic and took its toll on Tom Pettigrew, but they overcame the obstacle!
Denton Field - a classic ballpark.

Negatives:

Casinos
The Red Rock Village
The neat small bars on Main Street that are gone - The Log Cabin, The Spur etc.
The closing of so many main street business's.
Walmart
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Posted by Jeff Denton (+763) 8 years ago
Miles City has changed? I guess I didn't notice.
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Posted by David Schott (+17052) 8 years ago
5. Frank Hardy moved away.
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Posted by Tom Masa (+2042) 8 years ago
When you write about climbing Carbon Hill. It made me think can you still climb Signal Butte?
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Posted by Amorette Allison (+11757) 8 years ago
No climbing Signal Butte. Too many towers up there. I don't think you are supposed to climb Carbon Hill either because of the water tank.
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Posted by Fred South (+154) 8 years ago
How about climbing Camel's Back? My brother and I did that many times in the 1950s. It was a good hike. Took a lunch and sat on top viewing MC, while we ate.
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Posted by Bob Netherton II (+1905) 8 years ago
The old Tongue River backwash/slough just north of the interstate has been consumed by cattails. It used to be a good bullhead, sunfish and carp spot.

I've also climbed the mighty Camel's Back, Fred.

Anyone remember the dude on Carbon Hill with the upside down flag during the Freemen episode?
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Posted by Richard Bonine, Jr. (+14950) 8 years ago
No climbing Signal Butte. Too many towers up there.


A more appropriate reason is that it is private property.

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I wish that I could see first-hand how the calvary used mirrors from up there to communicate. I think that would be really cool to experience.
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Posted by snookie (+230) 8 years ago
Where is camel's back?
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Posted by Richard Bonine, Jr. (+14950) 8 years ago
Just to the southeast of Branham Lake.
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Posted by David Schott (+17052) 8 years ago
Branum Lake.

It is a hill near the state fish hatchery (west I-94 Miles City interchange) on the north side of the interstate. The hill looks like the profile of a camel's back.



http://www.rrpicturearchi...?id=765734
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Posted by Tom Masa (+2042) 8 years ago
We use to go up on Signal Butte. Even though it was on private property they always let us go through. You can see forever up on top. I can see why they used mirrors to communicate
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Posted by Forsyth Mike (+475) 8 years ago
I remember 'cruising' on MC's main street. That was the perfect street for cruising...well lit and nice and long, with good turnaround areas. Does anybody cruise Main anymore? I guess it's not necessary to "go find" people downtown anymore what with texting and such.

It was lots of fun to cruise during the Bucking Horse Sale... In the '70s I had a Mustang with a T-roof in it. I still remember inching down Main with the T-roof removed and seeing some guy toss a full beer can over the top of the car to his buddy across the street.
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Posted by Amorette Allison (+11757) 8 years ago
Cruising Main is dead, at least on Saturday nights in the winter, when I get out of the movie theatre. I suspect gas prices have something to do with it.
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Posted by David Schott (+17052) 8 years ago
If the price of gas was a big factor there should have been no dragging Main in 1981-ish as well.



http://inflationdata.com/..._price.jpg
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Posted by Forsyth Mike (+475) 8 years ago
I don't think I buy the gas theory either...if the kids "needed" to cruise the streets to get together with their friends they would do it. I think movies-on-video and cell phones get the credit more than anything for doing away with cruising.
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Posted by Jeff Denton (+763) 8 years ago
But when driving on Main on Saturday night it's still okay to do a slight burnout when the light turns green, right? That part of MC tradition will never change, I'm sure.
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Posted by Frank Hardy (+1606) 8 years ago
I remember dragging Main. I also recall when the city attempted (pretty successfully) to stopping the practice. They made it illegal to do a u-turn at the end of Main by the Oasis on one end and added a no-left-turn sign at N. Cottage to go back through Valley Drive. I also remember when the noise ordinance was added (started to be enforced?) against honking horns as a greeting to other cars or pedestrians downtown.

Downtown Miles City at night in the 60's was a non-stop cacophony of horns honking away as the cars paraded in an endless loop throughout the night.

Cheers!
FH
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Posted by Don Birkholz (+1288) 8 years ago
License plates used to be renewed the first of the year and everyone could remember when it was time to renew their plates. I can walk down the street now and see plates expired, one old lady hadn't renewed hers for several years.

Now they have permanent plates that has solved the "remembering" problem somewhat. Plates are reqiuired, by law, on both the front and back, even tho the rear has to contain the current sticker.I see some violations of the law here, also.
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Posted by Tom Masa (+2042) 8 years ago
Frank.
I burned many many gallons of gas and many hours in the early 60's cruisin' main.Usually with a buddy or two and a beer or two listening to KOMA. You might make a run every once in a while out by the Red Rock or around the cemetary loop.
When I get home occaisonally I still make the drive at least once for old times sake usually without a beer though.
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Posted by Amorette Allison (+11757) 8 years ago
Actually, you only need the back plate now. You only get one sticker when you renew.
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Posted by Don Birkholz (+1288) 8 years ago
http://data.opi.mt.gov/bi...-3-301.htm

This is from the 2011 laws (current laws) A motorcycle, trailer, etc only need one plate on the rear, all other motor vehicles are required to have one on the front and one on the back. The people buying new plates all seem to be putting one on the front,and back.
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Posted by Jeff Denton (+763) 8 years ago
I've tested every license plate law there is and know that you must display an actual authentic plate front and rear on a car or truck unless it is apportioned. Over the years I found out many things you cannot do, legally, one at a time... One I did that was legal got LOTS of comment and I thought it would catch on, but have never seen it elsewhere. Oh well.
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Posted by Jeri Dalbec (+3243) 8 years ago
Amorette...I just double checked the "one-plate" at the Motor Vehicle Division on the state website. It seems you still get two plates, one for the front and one for the back..but, you only get one sticker which must be displayed on the back.
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Posted by Don Birkholz (+1288) 8 years ago
Most of the beef cows were Herfords, now most are Angus

Most of the hay was small square bales, now most are large rounds or big square.
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Posted by Harry Calahan* (+63) 8 years ago
The reason Kids dont cruise main street is because of cell phones. I used to cruise main looking for my friends and to find out where the party is. Now you text and find out so you can skip the cruising part. Sad though, because cruising main street was so fun.
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Posted by Harry Calahan* (+63) 8 years ago
couldn't you once drive around spotted eagle?
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Posted by JMinow (+37) 8 years ago
I miss the old drive-in theatre.
I miss the Red Rock supper club.
I miss HARDEE's!
I miss the downhill bike trail on Carbon Hill. (The trail that had a huge jump at the bottom. The same jump that I introduced my groin to that bolt at the bottom of my handlebars every time.)
I miss that old marble fountain that was in Wibaux Park.
I miss the old one lane bridge on Pacific Ave.

But, as with almost any town, city, or community, things change. Out with the old, in with the new. I was born and raised here, moved away for several years, and now trying to move back. Whatever changes have happened, are happening, and gonna happen......this is still Miles City....MY HOME. There are gonna be things people don't like. There are gonna be things people love. The best thing to do is take the changes in stride and continue to live on.

....Just my 2 cents(sense)
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Posted by nativemc (+913) 8 years ago
Okay, all you old timers, lets set up a Saturday night to get all the 60's and 70's crusers on main street. I guess we from that era still miss it. Yes I did get my tickets for excessive honking and exhaust noise. It was fun though. How may remember the tops down on the convertibles in winter?
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Posted by Harry Calahan* (+63) 8 years ago
That is an awesome idea!!!
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Posted by nativemc (+913) 8 years ago
I know some will be in new cars, some will be in old cars, some will be in station wagons, some will be in pick-ups and some will have hot rods. How about Saturday, July 6? It will have no organization. Just show up at say 8:00 in the evening and at a designated time just stop by the park and visit with everybody. Old-timers, kids and grandkids.
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