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to local records, Forsyth, Montana
was the first settlement along the Yellowstone
River. Pioneers took up residence in 1876. In 1880,
the town site was selected. Just two years later,
residents chose a name for their town and opened the
first post office. The hardy folk named their new
village after General Forsyth, who was in charge of
U.S. Troops in what was to become eastern Montana.
Forsyth, a West Point graduate, was a Civil War
veteran and commanded detachments of infantry and
cavalry units throughout the western territories.
During that time, sidewheel steamers steamed up and
down the Yellowstone, the only reliable method of
transporting freight and supplies. General Custer
traveled through Rosebud County on his way to the
Little Bighorn in his ill-fated campaign against the
Cheyenne. His trek to the Little Bighorn
Battlefield, 100 miles south of Forsyth, was along
the Rosebud River, named by Custer. Some ranches in
the area still bear marks of Custerís march and
skirmishes. In their exploration of the great
Northwest Territory, Lewis and Clark passed through
Rosebud County on their journey up the Yellowstone.
Forsyth is located on what is now called the Lewis
and Clark Trail. Forsyth grew, slow but steady, and
with the completion of the transcontinental
railroad, the town blossomed. In 1901, about 20
years after the townsite was established, Custer
County split from Rosebud County and Forsyth was
named the county seat. The town incorporated
in 1904. In 1909, the Chicago, Milwaukee and St.
Paul Railroad completed its line through Montana to
Seattle, giving Forsyth two transcontinental
railroads. During the next decade, the railroads
sponsored programs to bring people to Montana to
homestead. The harsh weather, hard farming life and
financial crises of the '20s combined to drive many
off their land. Some stayed and moved to Forsyth.
The building of a spur line and the opening of the
large strip mining operation in the Colstrip area in
1923 helped business and foreshadowed the coal
development now taking place. Since coal development
re-actived in the Colstrip area in 1970, Forsyth
again has become an active, growing community.
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DAY 6 - SATURDAY, MAY 3, 2008 - - - -
Skies, Around 55 Degrees
2,523 Feet (82' More Than Yesterday)
Total Distance Traveled:
Thoughts For Today:
trek from Hathaway to Forsyth was a bit of a challenge...
from a pain perspective. My left foot is still slowing me
down since Tuesday's tendon strain. Although I'm getting the
miles in, they haven't been very comfortable miles and I've
had to spend longer on the pavement than I prefer.
With that said,
I certainly cannot complain about the weather. The past two
days have given me clear skies, temperatures around the 50
degree mark, no precipitation, and very little wind. My
immediate concern is what awaits me in about 12 hours... a
42-mile day to Ingomar. There's nothing between Forsyth and
Ingomar, so if I can't make the distance tomorrow I'll be
stuck out in the middle of Montana's flatlands with
antelope. So, I'm motivated to do my best to make it to
Ingomar. Putting in a 42-mile day without any tendon pain is
hard enough, but with the added strain of my left foot issue
it will certainly test both my physical and mental strength.
I don't write that to sound dramatic. It's just a fact.
Pushing a loaded jogging stroller 42 miles is difficult - no
matter who you are.
As you can see in
the pictures and videos that I've posted,
the day was good overall. The most difficult portion was the
stretch into and out of the tiny town of Rosebud - which
sits in a wide valley. The steep descent into the town
aggravated my left foot, and the climb out on the west side
of the valley wasn't too enjoyable either. At least I didn't
have to contend with wind!
appreciate the Rails Inn Motel for donating my room this
evening. The owner of the hotel has a daughter who is a
teacher in Texas, and the school where she teaches is
participating in P.A.C.E. Trek 2008! The school is Danish
Elementary in Houston, Texas and their team name is the
"Danish Dolphins". At last check, their team had logged 90
miles on this journey. Go Dolphins!
So, today was my
5th day actually on the pavement. I've logged 139 miles and
am 22% done with this trek across Montana. I'm truly hoping
that I can effectively treat the left foot tendon pain using ice
treatments (my foot is in a slush bucket of ice/water as I
write this). I actually stopped along the road today and
packed my left foot in snow to bring down some of the
swelling. I've posted a picture of that.
Thanks to those
who have taken a moment to sign the
guestbook. I appreciate the
well wishes and truly get a smile when reading the entries.
It's always a good way to end my day!
This evening I stopped at a
local convenience store here in Forsyth and got some supplies for "Bob",
since we're heading out into barren country. I won't have
any Internet connection tomorrow evening and will try to get
an audio file sent to Rob via my cell phone so that he can
post my thoughts from the road.
In case you
missed it, last evening I posted some of the recent team
mileages that I've received. You can see those in
yesterday's journal entry. You may also notice
that some area and other details on this page are duplicated from
yesterday. That's due to the adjustments made to the
schedule from my day off the road on April 30. Time to ice
down my legs and feet some more... and to rest!
Montana "Did You Know?"...
The average square mile of land in Montana contains 1.4 elk,
1.4 pronghorn antelope, and 3.3 deer. Forty-six out of
Montana's 56 counties are considered "frontier counties"
with an average population of 6 or fewer people per square
Americans "Did You Know?"...
Sacagawea was a Shoshone Indian guide and interpreter who
assisted the Lewis & Clark Expedition in Montana. She was
able to help them find the wilderness trails and passes. A
long-running controversy has surrounded the correct
spelling, pronunciation, and etymology of the woman's name.
Some spellings are: Sacagawea, Sakakawea, and Sacajawea. Her
name is derived from Shoshone words meaning "boat puller" or
Fitness "Did You Know?"...
Today is the first day of
National Physical Education and Sport
Week (May 1-7). The theme this year is "Moving Is
A Learning Experience." Certainly P.A.C.E. Trek 2008 is an
experience that involves both moving and learning! Be sure
to move and learn this week!
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Thanks for stopping by this milepost
update. Run back here tomorrow!
Keeping on PACE,
Paul's Current Position In Montana