Near Whitehall in Jefferson County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
The Great Divide Trophy
How Montana Became Montana Without the Great Divide Between the Bobcats and the Grizzlies
—Path of the Continental Divide in Montana —
Montana’s crown jewel of sporting events takes place every fall. It's the annual football contest between The University of Montana Grizzlies and Montana State University Bobcats. The frenzy
The game is the football rivalry divided by a mountain range, the Continental Divide. The first game took place in 1897 in Missoula. Since then both schools have enjoyed success on the gridiron. The two schools battled twice in one season seven times between 1898 and 1913. The contest was moved to Butte in 1926. The Griz and Cats did battle in the Mining City from 1926 to 1950, battling for the Copper Bowl from 1946 to 1950. The annual contest was moved to the campus sites in Bozeman and Missoula starting in 1951.
Beginning in 2001, the two teams started playing for the Great Divide Trophy. The trophy was created to resemble Bear Mountain, which can be seen off in the distance. The mountain sits on the Continental Divide, the heart and soul of Montana. The victorious team displays the traveling trophy on their campus for the following year. The Bobcats and Grizzlies will battle for the Great Divide Trophy throughout the century. The team with the most wins during the 21st century will keep the trophy permanently following the 2100 game. Bear Mountain and the Great Divide Trophy are landmarks for all Montanans.
The original painting, by Dave Samuelson,
Location. 45° 54.481′ N, 112° 19.349′ W. Marker is near Whitehall, Montana, in Jefferson County. Marker is on Interstate 90 10½ miles east of Interstate 15, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. It is accessible from the eastbound lanes, only, at a small pull-off. Marker is in this post office area: Whitehall MT 59759, United States of America.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 13, 2015, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 378 times since then and 166 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on December 13, 2015, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.