Charles M. Russell arrived in the Montana territory in 1880, at the age of 16. He may have felt he was then in virgin land; but this was not entirely so. The first white men to set foot in the territory were the Verendrye brothers. They were French fur trappers who, in 1742, ventured as far west as the Yellowstone River. It was not until 62 years later that the Lewis and Clark expedition passed through the same territory on the way west and on the way back to St. Louis.
1920 Charles M. Russell, Nancy C. Russell, Josephine Trigg, and an unidentified woman on the porch at Bull Head Lodge, Lake McDonald, Montana.
|Crow Indians Hunting Elk, 1890|