Tiny Town Under Big Sky

Nye, Montana.

Population 200.

A speck of a town so small, a highway sign says, "Entering and leaving Nye, Montana."

But Nye is as big on natural beauty as it is miniscule in size, as co-anchor Rene Syler discovered when for The Early Show series, "Tour My Town."

A tiny place in the south-central part of the state, some 30 miles north of Yellowstone National Park, Nye is nestled in the foothills of the Beartooth Mountains.

Surrounded by majestic mountains and with gorgeous waterways adding to the splendor, locals will tell you Nye isn't even a town, it's a community.

Former resident Danielle Mudd invited The Early Show to visit, saying even though she doesn't live there anymore, Nye is "the town where my heart lives."

"The grandeur of the mountains, the Stillwater river, there's nothing like it, it's beautiful," remarked one resident to Syler.

Nye's population may be sparse but, Syler observes, its history is rich. Crow Indians lived there until the late 1800s, when homesteaders arrived to stake their claim to the Wild West. Nye was a mining town before ranchers headed west.

It still has a mine owned by the Stillwater Mining Company, one of the world's leading producers of platinum group metals and the only significant primary producer of palladium in the Western Hemisphere.

Nye's one store is a trading post locals call "The Nye Mall," where you can get almost anything: popcorn and a movie, that missing screw, even a snowshoe.

Nye, Syler says, really is the middle of nowhere.

It has one saloon, and only one "pop" (soda) machine. Also, no cell service and certainly no Blackberry capability, Syler notes.
  • Brian Dakss

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