View From the River, about 1900
Montana Historical Society No. 950-257
Photo by Herman Schnitzmeyer, photographer for the Northern Pacific Railroad (no date; about 1900).
View toward Billings, 1910
Montana Historical Society No. 981-343
From Pompey's Pillar by L. A. Huffman, April, 1910.
Aerial View toward Billings, 1998
© 1998 by Larry Mayer
Compare the two early views above with the following aerial photo taken in 1998. Notice the density of the cottonwood stand all along the south bank of the Yellowstone. After centuries of grazing and trampling on the tender cottontood seedlings around this well-used ford by deer, elk, and bison, plus the traffic of Indians and their horses for about 150 years, several generations of cottonwoods have reclaimed the land.