Phil Donnelly Who Knows the Most About This Place

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Reporter Charlie Ebbers was lucky to meet Phil Donnelly, who’s the guy who knows what there is to know about old Quartz, Montana. He and his ancestors were here before Interstate 90 came through and before a certain rest stop became a place to gather stories for this podcast. Phil’s grandpa, Benjamin Franklin Donnelly, was a logger who helped settle the place, back when he was hacking ties for the railroad that eventually connected the U.S. At one point, Quartz was known as a “womanless town,” eventually populated when traveling school teachers came through (hint: they were women!). Phil and Charlie take a ride in Phil’s truck and get a powerful sense of place.

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