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Treasure State

 

Visitors love Montana. Spectacular mountains, vast prairie lands, and beautiful alpine forests make Montana a special place. Wild rivers and streams are filled with rainbow trout. Elk, antelope, and other wildlife are bountiful in Montana.

Before the West was settled by people of European decent, many Indian tribes called the region that was later to become Montana their home. The Indians enjoyed and lived off the fruits of the land, especially buffalo. Today about 64,000 Indians live and flourish in Montana.

Shortly after the famous Lewis and Clark Expedition, 1804-1806, mountain men and prospectors arrived to seek riches. Later, homesteaders settled the land. Homesteaders lived in log cabins. In the 1870s, large cattle ranches developed thoughout many areas in Montana Territory.

Montana became a state in 1889. With a current population of 902,195 people in a land area of 147,000 square miles, Montana is sparsely populated. So there's plenty of room to roam, in the countryside and in the cities. Visitors marvel at Montana's beautiful, unspoiled landscape.

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Eastern Montana is an area of vast rolling plains. Grasslands with few trees dominate the landscape. Huge wheat farms and cattle ranches are common in eastern Montana.

In central Montana, the plains are dotted with small mountain ranges. Cattle ranching is a way of life. Mule deer and antelope roam the prairies throughout eastern and central Montana.

Western Montana is a region of magnificent mountains. Welcome to the Rocky Mountains. The Absaroka Range near Livingston is snow covered much of the year and reaches over 11,000 feet in elevation. The wild and pristine landscape of western Montana is home to mountain lions, and grizzly bears.

Rainfall is low in most areas of Montana, often less than 13 inches, annually. Temperatures in western mountain valleys are generally moderate the year-round. In eastern areas, on the plains, days can be very hot in the summer and very cold in the winter. 

Montana is known for its spectacular national parks. Glacier National Park, located in northwest Montana, is a land of uncommon beauty. Tourists enjoy the park's many beautiful glacier-carved mountains.

Yellowstone National Park, the nation's first national park, straddles the border of Montana and Wyoming (with most of the park being in northwest Wyoming). Geysers, waterfalls, and other natural wonders draw thousands of tourists to Yellowstone each year. Wildlife is abundant in Yellowstone.

Montana has exciting historical and cultural places. Wonderful museums are found in cities, big and small. In the great Montana outdoors, fishing, hunting, camping, and skiing are popular activities.

"Old West" traditions live on in Montana. Cowboys drive cattle high up into the mountains to feed on lush summer grasses. Indians, in full native dress, gather to celebrate their customs at the Lewis and Clark County fairgrounds in Helena and other cities around the state.

Montana is the "Treasure State." This slogan symbolizes the state's rich gold and silver deposits. True to its history, Montana is a genuine treasure, an amazing natural wonderland with friendly people.

 

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Scenic Area

  • Gates of the Mountains near Helena

Scenic Highway

  • Beartooth Highway, U.S. Hwy. 212 near Red Lodge

Natural Site

  • Lower Falls of the Yellowstone River in Yellowstone Park

Lake

  • Flathead Lake near Kalispell

Museum

  • Montana Historical Society Museum in Helena

 Restaurant

  • The Granary in Billings

Western Store

  • Hoglund's Work and Western Wear in Great Falls

Sports Store

  • Big Bear Sports Center in Billings

Scenic Drive

  • I-15, Helena to Great Falls 

Small Towns

  • Lewistown

  • Red Lodge

  • Hamilton

Historical Site

  • Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument near Hardin

Nightlife

  • Missoula

Mountains

  • Bitterroot Mountains along U.S. Highway 93 south of Missoula

Wildlife

  • Grizzly Bear

Hotel

  • Northern Hotel in Billings

Event

  • Montana State Fair in Great Falls

 

 

 

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