Letter to the editor


March 11, 2022

An Open Letter to the Montana Department of Transportation and the Citizens of Carter County:

Ten white crosses visibly line the 36 miles of Highway 7 between Ekalaka and Baker. Five are between mile markers 25 and 18, and five are between mile markers 13 and 1. I’m told the actual number of crosses should be double and the historical number of deaths may be triple that. Those crosses represent family members, friends, and neighbors with names like Ehret, Emswiler, and now, Wahl. No one may know the actual number of deaths that have occurred on that highway. What is known is that we could...

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Reader Comments(1)

EkalakaTom writes:

Mr. Harrington's 'Letter to the Editor' regarding Ekalaka's highways is an excellent articulation of our Highway 7 and 323 histories. My uncle was one of the fatalities on archaically narrow Highway 7. The terminal portion to Ekalaka was not paved until my adolescence in the late 1940s or early 1950s. To my knowledge, nothing significant has been done since, i.e., 'my lifetime'. I agree this is the time to upgrade this access to a vital rural community. Ekalaka deserves better.


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