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The two RV Gypsies at Chief Plenty Coups State Park in Montana
35 miles south of Billings
and one mile west of Pryor off the Pryor-Edgar Road
phone '406.252.1289
May 23, 2016

USA map showing location of Montanamaps showing location of Cheif Plenty State Park

Chief Plenty Coups State Park is open mid-September to mid-May. The Visitor Center is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. but closed Monday and Tuesday.

sign: Chief Plenty Coups State Park sign: Chief Plenty Coups State Park

The two RV Gypsies visited the home of a legendary Crow Chief for an inspirational, educational cultural experience.

welcome to Chief Plenty Coups State Park sign
welcome to Chief Plenty Coups State Park sign

The last traditional Chief of the Crow Nation, Plenty Coups, was a visionary who led his people from the "Buffalo Days" into the 20th century, He was an accomplished statesman and ambassador that was well known by several U.S. Presidents and foreign leaders. Chief Plenty Coups best illustrated the close bond between the U.S. and the Crow Nation when in 1921, he offered his war bonnet and coups sticks at the dedication of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. In his speech he promised the allegiance of Crow warriors to fight any enemy of the United States. His promise has been upheld countless times in wars and armed conflicts since that gathering. Plenty Coups was a leader by example. He was a productive farmer and stockman, expert steward of his 1885 allotment, and a a supporter of education.

bust of Chief Plenty Coups

Inside the Welcome Center.

horse inside the Welcome Center
map of Crow World Chief Indian Head Dress

The tree shown below was supported by numerous sticks. The two RV Gypsies were not sure about the reasoning behind this.

tree and supporting sticks

Chief Plenty Coups State Park had its beginnings in 1928 when Plenty Coups and his wife, Strikes the Iron, willed their home and land as a place for all cultures to come together in a cooperative nature. The Chief did not dedicate this location to glorify himself or his deeds, but to honor the culture of the Crow Nation and to bring people together in harmony.

Chief Plenty Coups home information
Chief Plenty Coups home Chief Plenty Coups home

This house was quite a surprise to the two RV Gypsies. It just was not what is normally thought of as an Indian Chief's house. The two RV Gypsies did not photograph the entire house. It must be seen to be appreciated.

sign about plants on the trail welcome to Chief Plenty Coups home sign

Visitors have left money, trinkets, sun glasses and all sorts of offerings to honor the Chief.

fireplace inside Chief Plenty Coups home money, trinkets and stuff by a bust of the Chief
National Historic Landmark sign about the second floor of Chief Plenty Coups home
family members
Menu for the two RV Gypsies Adventures in Montana
(sites 17-20 on the 2016 USA map)
May 22-31, 2016

You may visit these sites in any order you choose.
There is also a link to Alberta, Canada below.

green bullet travel photos and Billings Village RV Park - (site 17)

green bullet Billings Welcome Center

green bullet Chief Plenty Coups State Park (this page)

green bullet Famous Dave's Restaurant

green bullet Pictograph Cave State Park - two pages

green bullet Pompeys Pillar - two pages

green bullet Riverfront Park

green bullet Swords Rimrock Park - Scenic Park

green bullet Yellowstone Kelly

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green bullet Conestoga Campground in White Sulphur Springs (site 18)

green bullet Natural Mineral Hot Springs in White Sulphur Springs

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green bullet RV driving day and snow lingering alongside the road - (site 19)

green bullet Fort Benton, Montana- the birthplace of Montana

green bullet Veteran's Memorial Park

green bullet Upper Missouri River Breaks Interpretive Nat'l Monument

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Places in Great Falls Montana - (site # 20)

green bullet Great Falls, MT: paintings, bridges, statues, Pasta Montana

green bullet The Historical Depot Building

green bullet The Montana Veteran's Memorial

green bullet Lewis & Clark National Historic Interpretive Center - 2 pages

green bullet Giant Springs State Park, springs, waterfall, long & short rivers

green bullet Rainbow, Crooked, & Black Eagle Falls and Sacagawea Overlook

green bullet Gibson Park: statues and a Flower Garden

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continue on to the next adventure of the two RV Gypsies AFTER you have seen all of the above sections, please continue on to Alberta, Canada in June, 2016