The Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame and Western Heritage Center (MCHF and WHC) announced its second class of the 1860-1920 Legacy Award inductions. The award honors historical figures that have had an impact on Montana's Western Heritage. This year’s class includes 14 inductees from 12 districts across the state.
Nominees could have included men, women, ranches, stage coach lines, animals, hotels--anything or anyone who made their mark in the state of Montana before 1920. Trustees voted on the nominees in March and the results were tabulated in April.
The winners of the 2009 Legacy Award are:
District 1 (Daniels, Phillips, Roosevelt, Sheridan, and Valley Counties): Harry Rutter and William Henry Smith*
District 2 (Dawson, Garfield, McCone, Prairie, Richland, and Wibaux Counties): Daniel and Susan Haughian
District 3 (Carter, Custer, Fallon, Powder River, Rosebud, and Treasure Counties): Andy Jones
District 4 (Blaine, Choteau, Hill, and Liberty Counties): Louis Shambo (Chambeau, Shambow)
District 5 (Cascade, Glacier, Pondera, Teton, and Toole Counties): James Willard Schultz
District 6 (Fergus, Golden Valley, Judith Basin, Musselshell, Petroleum, and Wheatland Counties): William I. Hughes and W.E. “Limestone” Wilson*
District 7 (Big Horn, Carbon, Stillwater, Sweet Grass, and Yellowstone Counties): John B. Kendrick
District 8 (Broadwater, Jefferson, and Lewis and Clark Counties): Fannie Sperry Steele
District 9 (Gallatin, Meagher, and Park Counties): Byron Roger Sherman
District 10 (Flathead, Lake, Lincoln, and Sanders Counties): Frank Bird Linderman
District 11 Mineral, Missoula, and Ravalli Counties): The Sacred Medicine Tree of the Salish
District 12 (Deer Lodge, Beaverhead, Silver Bow, Granite, Madison, and Powell Counties): Clyde Hunter Smith
*Denotes a tie in votes cast by district's trustees
The first round of Legacy Awards honored cowboys, cowgirls, establishments, organizations, outlaws and a horse. Notable inductees included Sitting Bull, Evelyn Cameron, the N Bar N Ranch, Charles M. Russell, Plenty Coups, Granville Stuart, Nelson Story and the Grant-Kohrs Ranch.
Published May 20, 2009