Entering Wild Horse Plains, MT
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member BK-Hunters
N 47° 27.145 W 114° 52.302
11T E 660431 N 5257637
Quick Description: According to a local historian those responsible for this sign have fallen victim to local folklore. This sign is on the southeastern outskirts of Plains, at the junction of Highways 200 and 28.
Location: Montana, United States
Date Posted: 11/24/2014 3:49:40 PM
Waymark Code: WMMYK1
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
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Long Description:
The large lettering on the sign reads: "Entering Wild Horse Plains".
Across the bottom are the words:
where mountains meet river and wild horses wintered

However, a local historian, Maurice Helterline, in studying old newspapers, history books, microfiche records, and pretty much everything he could get his hands on, has yet to come across a reference in which the town, or the area, was officially named "Wild Horse Plains".

When Europeans first came to this area the natives were using the plains nearby for pasture for their horses and the area came to be known as "Horse Plains". Somehow, sometime, someone added the word "Wild" to that. Officially though, the area and the town were variously known as Horse Plain, then Horse Plains, then just Plains, but never Wild Horse Plains. That is simply a bit of embellished local folklore.

The only thing on the sign that's factually correct is that the mountains do, indeed, meet the river. The horses weren't wild, they belonged to the natives of the area.


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Type of community: Town

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