Two Automobiles Stuck in the Snow on Gallatin Valley's Flying D Ranch

Ah, winter.  We've got love it to keep from going insane here in Montana, where the greater portion of the year is devoted to it whether we like it or not.  But one thing that unites all Montanans (at least those that stick around during the winter - there are those that only stay during the three months of pleasant weather) is that we all have to deal with traveling in adverse conditions. 

This historic photo might give you flashbacks to the last time you were stuck in the winter.  Taken on the Flying D, one of Montana's great historic ranches, at some point in the 30s or 40s, it shows two automobiles apparently with at least one of them trapped in the snowpack.  One man is leaning over in the pose familiar to any who have ever inspected a stuck tire, and the other is looking towards the photographer with what we assume is the annoyance that he's taking a picture rather than helping. 

The Flying D has been owned by billionaire media mogul Ted Turner since 1989 and is famous for the herd of bison he raises on its acreage.  Before that, it was owned by various big-time ranchers and Texans following its formation in 1908.

But there's something comforting about knowing that even the richest among us will probably have to suffer through winter car trouble as well. 

See the starkly beautiful photo below, and be glad you're at home sipping coffee.

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nancy cislo (not verified) , Wed, 01/27/2021 - 22:21
Sherri Johnston (not verified) , Thu, 01/28/2021 - 15:57
The Flying D Ranch was owned by my great uncle, Archie Martin, at one time. He was one of the six Martin brothers that grew up in Harrison, Montana. If you go to Virginia City and visit the museum you will find some of his brother's things such as his cowboy hat, chaps, etc. His name was Charlie Martin. Charlie's wife, Irene, was a taxidermist and all of her items are in the museum as well. My grandfather, John R. (Dick) Martin was one one the brothers. He went to school in Pony and grew up there and lived in Harrison. His wife, Jessie, was the postmaster in Harrison for 35 years. My mom, Joan Martin Johnston, was their daughter. She graduated from Harrison High School in 1949. She was a cheerleader and played basketball.
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