Come September, true Russell fans willing to pony up $1,700 can join the annual guided historical Russell Trail Ride.
Russell Auto Tour, which matches Russell's paintings with towns and landmarks in the Judith Basin.
For Kid Russell, as he was called, Lewistown was the place he came to kick up his heels, and, it is said, exchange sketches for drinks in local saloons.
87 to Great Falls, which was, in some ways, for Russell what Paris was to Picasso.
Russell moved to Great Falls in 1897 with his wife and lifetime manager, Nancy Cooper Russell, a housekeeper from Cascade, Montana.
Russell Museum, which offers docent-led tours of its galleries of Russell works and of Russell's home and studio.
As Russell's art triumphed in exhibitions in 1911 in New York and Rome, his work commanded higher prices--a painting sold for $1,000--and his social circle widened to include author Will James and actor Will Rogers.
Still, Russell's legend lives on: in his paiintings, in the way he shaped Westerners' visions of their past.
Gateway to Montana's Russell Country is Great Falls, which is served by Alaska, Delta, and Northwest Airlines, June weather should be excellent, with daytime highs in the 70s and nighttime lows in the high 40s.
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