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All About Montana: Big Sky Country

by | Jun 13, 2022 | Uncategorized | 0 comments

There’s only one state in this country where you can see more golden eagles during a single day than anywhere else in the US. It also has more cattle than people, one of the world’s largest collections of dinosaur fossils, and more grizzly bears than any other state, except Alaska.

Drum roll, please… this state is Montana! Montana is nicknamed Big Sky Country because of its majestic mountains, vast open prairies, and big blue skies. In 1889, it became the 41st state to join the Union. Montana is bordered by the country of Canada to the north and four US states: Wyoming on its southern border, and North Dakota and South Dakota to its east. Do you know which state borders it to the west? Here’s a clue: this state is known for its potatoes.

What really happened…

  • Native Americans were the first people to live in Montana before it became a territory or state. They were descendants of people who had lived in the region for centuries. Some of these groups or tribes included: the Cheyenne, Blackfeet, Assiniboine, Gros Ventres, the Kottenai, and Salish.
  • Six states – Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and Oklahoma – along with parts of eight other states – Colorado, Louisiana, Minnesota, Montana, New Mexico, South Dakota, Texas, and Wyoming – were under French control. But in 1803, the US bought this region from the French, which became known as the Louisiana Purchase. This land deal DOUBLED the size of the US!
  • The discovery of gold attracted many miners to the area in the 1860s. Towns called boomtowns popped up quickly, filled with people searching for gold; but when the gold ran out, many of the people left.
  • Montana is the first state in the United States to elect a woman to Congress. Montana native, Jeannette Rankin, served from 1917-1919 and again from 1941-1943.
  • The Lewis and Clark expedition stopped at Travelers Rest in Lolo, Montana. This is the only site that has physical proof that these explorers stayed there.

Stuff you should know…

  • Yellowstone National Park in southern Montana and northern Wyoming was this country’s first national park.
  • Montana has one of the world’s largest collections of dinosaur fossils. The Museum of the Rockies alone has 13 T-Rex specimens.
  • More than five US states can fit into Montana: Delaware, Pennsylvania, New York, Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia.

Crazy, funny or just plain weird

  • Loma, Montana holds the world record for the biggest temperature change in 24 hours. On January 14-15, 1972, the temperature moved from -54°F to 49° degrees F. That’s a whopping 103 degree difference!
  • In 2015, a black bear decided to go to school. He walked into Bozeman High School before school started. Luckily, the bear left before students arrived, unharmed and uncaptured.
  • Flathead Lake is hiding a monster. Many people have reported seeing a large eel-shaped creature in Flathead Lake, similar to the Loch Ness Monster. Is it the same kind of creature? Are there many of them?
  • Montana is a hotspot for UFO sightings: In 1967, security and maintenance crews at Great Falls Airforce Base reported seeing UFOs hovering throughout the night. Likewise,  an area in the state called Redgate has had so much UFO activity that a movie was named after it by the same name.
  • The largest snowflake ever observed was seen in Fort Keogh, Montana, in January 188. This snowflake had an incredible diameter of 15 inches.

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