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Catalog Number 1986.06.03
Title BIG STACK IS OUR LANDMARK, THE
Object Name Painting
Artist Russell, Charles M. (1864-1926)
Dimensions H-8.875 W-13.75 inches
Medium Watercolor/Ink/Paper
Date 1908
Notes Russell's good friend Bill Rance was the recipient of many colorfully illustrated letters, embellished with accounts of Russell's travels and adventures. Rance displayed the artwork in his upscale Silver Dollar Saloon, located in downtown Great Falls. The saloon was so named because of the abundant silver dollars embedded in the floor. Russell created this as an advertising promotional piece for his friend. Visible for many miles, the "Big Stack," or smokestack of the Boston & Montana Copper and Silver Mining & Smelting Company, was a landmark to all in the Great Falls area. Here, customers stampede into town, using the smokestack as their guide to the Silver Dollar Saloon. Russell shows his dislike for the automobile-as one forces a horse-drawn wagon off of the road.
Search Terms Silver Dollar
Great Falls
Cowboy
Saloon
Watercolor
Art