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Lewiston, Montana.

The connection:
James Roy Chittick Jr. married Eleanor Leona Anderson, 1909, in Gothenburg, Nebraska -- then headed West to Lewiston Montana. Their family lived, worked and breeded there until the late 20's before heading further west to Washington State. Our grandfather was born in Grass Range Montana, a neighboring town.

Tell me about it:

Lewistown is an agricultural community located at the geographic center of Montana in the vast Judith Basin. Lewistown began as a small trading post on the Carroll Trail between Helena and the mouth of the Mussellshell River.

Although mostly rolling prairie, farms, and ranches, the Lewistown area features two beautiful mountain ranges, the Snowy and Judith at an elevation of 3,963 feet. From there, grand 100-mile vistas stretch out below. Picturesque landscapes, mountain terrain, and small quiet towns typify the area.

The Lewiston Area.

Today, Lewistown is surrounded by large cattle ranches and wheat farms and is still a major trading center. Travel over three 150-foot-high trestles and through a half-mile tunnel on the former Milwaukee Railroad Line and you will see 30 miles of scenic landscape that inspired Montana’s renowned Western artist Charlie Russell.

Two historic buildings were combined to create the Lewistown Art Center. The center houses three galleries, educational classrooms and the signature shop for sale of consignment art from area artists. The exhibits rotate monthly. The center also sponsors a variety of quality performing arts throughout the year.

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