To the Editor:
On our trip out west, soon after entering the south eastern border of Montana, we came to the little ranch town of Broadus. Not much there, but a rest stop and it had a historical marker.
The marker told the story of the western song, “Don’t Fence Me In” (some of you will remember it). Surely, that open range land was appropriate to the words: “O give me land, lots of land under starry skies above, but don’t fence me in.”
Originally, it was a poem, “Open Range,” by Robert Fletcher. In 1934, Cole Porter purchased the rights to the song and the rest is history, as they say. Not only Autry, but Bing Crosby, and Willie Nelson made it very popular.
The words really reflect the Big Sky country. Out here, we saw more cattle (almost all Angus) than before. Mostly open range, although every couple miles one might see a fence.
Rev. Bob Dell