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 Montanas 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
View this very nice site about tourism in Montana.