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Late for the Sky: 1941

Late for the Sky: 1941

August 1941. "Highway near Havre, Montana." Medium format acetate negative by Marion Post Wolcott for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.


Possibly current U.S. 87

Ms. Wolcott sometimes casts a wide net with her place name descriptions. But using a 1941 Montana road map (online here, there seem to be two paved roads out of Havre. One is US 2 -- but it's a long way to the mountains on that road, so the hazy ones we see seem to rule that out.

This leaves US 87 (State Route 29 in 1940), which heads towards Great Falls. Since Wolcott has other pictures from the trip labelled as being taken on the road between Great Falls and Havre, this makes sense. My guess would be this was taken on the top of hill where US 87 starts descending towards the Missouri River valley, north of the town of Loma. Google streetview shows long views and hazy mountains.


A great place to live for eight months of the year. The other four filter out the rest.

1940 Ford

1940 Ford V8, referred to today as a "Standard" vs "Deluxe", in 1940 sales literature the are called the "De Luxe" and the "V8"

Highway 2?

I wonder if this road is today's Highway 2, also called the Skyline. Montana and North Dakota roads like this remind me of the old joke: "My dog ran away, and I watched him run away for three days."

Miles and Miles

of nothing but miles and miles.

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