It's Display in the Agricultural Building is Attractive.
Montana's exhibit in the Agricultural building is about complete in every detail and is attracting as much attention as any on the grounds. it is located in the extreme east end of the building and is under the supervision of C. B. Settles, who has had much to do with gathering the grains, grasses and products of the farm and forest.
The state of Montana appropriated the sum of $15,000 to make an exhibit and Marcus Daly gave a like amount as a donation. A portion of this money was expended in erecting a state building on the Bluff tract and the balance in gathering and placing an exhibit. That the money has been well expended is made apparent by an inspection of the exhibit.
Entering the Agricultural building from the east, the first thing at the right of the huge doors that is worthy of notice is an exhibit that has every indication of being a huge mountain. This is the forestry exhibit of Montana. Time foreground represents a broad plain, upon the surface of which are scattered huge logs of oak, pine, fir, hickory, ash, poplar, with underbrush here and there. Just beyond the foreground the foothills break off abruptly and the mountain begins. This mountain reaches to the top of the high gallery and among the crags and peaks are fine specimens of birds and animals that inhabit the state. They are all stuffed and look as natural as life. There are moose, buffalo, deer, antelope, mountain sheep and beasts of prey. In the bird line there are all of those that are native of the state, as well as the migratory birds and fowl that frequent the forests and lakes and rivers.
To give the mountain a natural and pretty appearance, the peak is covered with snow, while a clear and sparkling stream appears to trickle down the side and lose itself in the valley that spreads out for miles in every direction. Of course this is not real, but it might as well be so, as the artist, assisted by his colors and his brush, has done at the exposition what nature has done in the state from which the exhibit comes.
The wealth of Montana does not all lie in the mountains which produce gold, silver, copper, lead and coal, but instead, much of it comes from the fertile soil of the earth, the bosom of which upon being tickled by the plow of the farmer, produces as fine crops as grow in any land under the sun. A few years ago it was not supposed that Montana would ever take a place as one of the agricultural states of the union. Now, however, it is one of the greatest grain producing section of time country, the proof of which is furnished by the exhibit that has been spread out for inspection. The wheat which is on exhibition, both in sheaves and in sacks and jars, stands close inspection and while it is all of the spring variety it grades No. 1 and brings a high price in the market. The color is perfect, which is due to the fact that it is seldom wet between harvest time and marketing. This is also true of the barley, oats and other small grain. Right in this connection it may be said that Montana shows the largest yield per acre of spring wheat of any state in the union. Last year the yield averaged sixty-one bushels per acre, oats 127 and barley seventy-five.
In addition to the small grain, a fair quality of corn is shown, though the state does not lay any claims to being in the corn belt. The pride of the state lies in its grasses and ranges. On the great ranges of the valleys and mountain slopes, red top, bunch grass, buffalo grass and blue stem grows in great profusion, curing on the, stem, thus affording the finest winter grazing. Of the tame grasses there is the timothy, the alfalfa and the red clover, which grows and matures two crops per year.
The exhibit of Montana is neatly arranged, the wheat and small grains being constructed to represent pyramids, while around the bases are jars containing flour, meal, shelled grain and canned fruits. Over the booths, of which there are a number, are inscriptions calling attention to the resources of the state. Under the canopies of the booths are pillars built of grain and inside are jars and cans in which are the choicest products of the field, the garden and the orchard. Omaha Daily Bee, July 31, 1898, pg. 5
"Montana is Showing a Mountain.", Omaha Daily Bee, July 31, 1898, pg. 5.
TMI number 00690
Photograph by F. A. Rinehart, 1898
© Omaha Public Library, 1998
Photograph size 8.6 inches by 6.6 inches
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