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Release Date: 07/01/09
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Special Interpretive Programs Scheduled at Pompeys Pillar National Monument

Special interpretive programs are scheduled in July and August at Pompeys Pillar National Monument. 

On July 11 at 1 p.m., Mark Jacobsen will present “Custer and the Pillar: The Northern Pacific Railroad Expedition of 1873.”  The program features highlights from the expedition as they relate to Pompeys Pillar.  It also gives a brief treatise on the role of trumpeters in the frontier army and discusses bugle calls, their history and uses.

At 3 p.m. on July 11, Jacobsen will give another program called, “Inflicting Something Wonderful on the Soldier: Outfitting the Frontier Army.” Topics include army uniforms, weapons and accoutrements, and their uses and misuses on the campaign trail.

The same two programs will be offered at the Pillar again on Aug. 8 at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Jacobsen is a public affairs specialist for the Bureau of Land Management in the Miles City Field Office.

Located 25 miles east of Billings off Interstate 94, Pompeys Pillar National Monument is open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. through Sept. 7. From Sept. 8 through Oct. 9, the site will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Although the interpretive center will close for the season Oct. 9, visitors may still walk in to the site during daylight hours. 

A $7 per vehicle admission fee covers all occupants and is charged from May 4 to October 9 when full services are provided. Interagency passes will also be honored. Daily fees and/or interagency season and senior passes may be purchased on-site or at the Information Access Center at the Bureau of Land Management Montana State Office, 5001 Southgate Drive, in Billings. Fees are returned to the site to provide extra services for the public.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2013, the BLM generated $4.7 billion in receipts from public lands.

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Last updated: 06-28-2012