Eastern Montana – From Dinosaurs to Drag Racing

World Footprints travels through Eastern Montana and explores the history and diversity of Big Sky Country’s eastern border.  

Eastern Montana is a loosely defined region of Montana. Some definitions are more or less inclusive than others, ranging from the most inclusive, which would include the entire part of the state east of the Continental Divide, to the least inclusive, which places the beginning of “eastern” Montana roughly at or even east of Billings, Montana. The areas of Montana lying just east of the Continental Divide are often called Central Montana. A widely accepted definition of Eastern Montana is that it encompasses the eastern third of the state. Parts of Eastern Montana are affected by the economic boom in the Bakken formation, the largest oil discovery in U.S. history.

Today we’ll fulfill a “need for speed” when we go drag car racing at Phillips County Motor Sports Dragstrip in Malta with racing champions Shaun and Dillion Carnahan.  

We’ll travel along the vast landscape of the Hammond Ranch where some of the most significant dinosaur discoveries have been made.  

From Malta we’ll head south to Billings and go behind the scenes at the Dino Lab where prehistoric creatures are restored fossil-by-fossil.  

Finally, we’ll visit the elegant Moss Mansion former home to Billings founder Preston Boyd Moss.  We’ll learn how Moss’ vision for Billings and his world travels influenced the city’s growth and his home’s design.    

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