Ruth Sends a Western Scene -Missoula, Montana (1933)

Ruth V. Hays was traveling through the West and she “fell in love with this country”.

After spending four days in Glacier Park, Ruth was in Missoula, Montana.

Missoula is built on the banks of the Clark Fork River, near its confluence with the Bitterroot and Blackfoot Rivers in western Montana.

The juncture of the river valleys and five mountain ranges made the city an important part of the western migration of European settlers.,_Montana

Ruth sent a postcard from Missoula to her friend, Anne Goshen of Philadelphia.

The face of the postcard is a photograph of the Clark Fork River in Montana.

The postcard was published by the J. L. Robbins Company of Spokane, Washington.

The photograph was hand-colored, and displays a limited palate – mostly blues and greens.

Nevertheless, it is a beautiful and thrilling scene.

On the reverse, Ruth also notes that she plans to proceed to Yellowstone Park.

One hopes that Ruth enjoyed her continued travels through the West, and that she shared more stories with Anne when she returned home.


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