41 Facts about the 41st state!

  1. Fact one in the title! It became the 41st state on November 8th, 1889
  2. What is mountain in Spanish? Moñtana….hence the state name Montana.
  3. There are more cows than people in Beaverhead County (where I live)
  4. I am working to protect the BEGINNING of the Mississippi River Watershed that drains into the Gulf of Mexico.
  5. I live very close to the 45th parallel – exactly halfway between the equator and North Pole!
  6. I also live right next to the continental divide. What is that you ask? Glad you asked! It is the mountain range that separates the water drainages to the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Water east of the divide goes to the gulf. Water west goes to the pacific!
  7. North of Missoula is the largest population of nesting common loons in the western United States.
  8. Montana is ranked 4th in size (Alaska, Texas, California), but 44th in population and 48th in population density.
  9. Teddy Roosevelt hunted here a lot. As a result, he created national parks system.
  10. Yellowstone National Park in southern Montana and northern Wyoming was the first national park in the nation.
  11. Speaking of the outdoors. The first Montana hunting and fishing license was bought in 1905 for a dollar.
  12. Montana has two state gemstones, agate and sapphire.
  13. The state nickname is the “Treasure State.” Other nicknames include “Land of Shining Mountains,” “Big Sky Country,” and “Last Best Place.”.
  14. In 1803, President Thomas Jefferson commissioned the “Lewis & Clark” exploration to trace the Missouri River to its source and find a water route to the Pacific Ocean. They went everywhere in Montana!
  15. They also had a slave named York with them. When the corps encountered Native American tribes, they were fascinated by his dark skin calling him “Big Medicine” which meant “spiritual power”. York helped them survive much of their journey but never received credit.
  16. At 12, Sacagawea was kidnapped and taken as a slave and later sold her to Toussaint Charbonneau, a French trapper. Lewis and Clark had contracted with Charbonneau as an interpreter, and Sacagawea had given birth to a son, Jean Baptiste. Soon after, the three of them joined the expedition.
  17. The state fossil is a duck billed dinosaur.
  18. Montana is home to two amazing National Parks- Glacier and Yellowstone!
  19. 46 out of Montana’s 56 counties are considered “frontier counties” with an average population of 6 or fewer people per square mile.
  20. Montana is the only state with a triple divide allowing water to flow into the Pacific, Atlantic, and Hudson Bay. This phenomenon occurs at Triple Divide Peak in Glacier National Park.dsc_0159
  21. Flathead Lake in northwest Montana contains over 200 square miles of water and 185 miles of shoreline. It is considered the largest natural freshwater lake in the west.
  22. No state has as many different species of mammals as Montana.
  23. The bitterroot is the official state flower.
  24. The highest point in the state is Granite Peak at 12,799 feet.
  25. Montana’s first territorial capital, Bannack, has been preserved as a ghost town state park along once gold-laden Grasshopper Creek.
  26. The town of Bannack was named after the “Bannock” tribe. Washington D.C. misread the name when making it a city
  27. Glacier National Park has 250 lakes within its boundaries.
  28. The shortest river in the world, Roe River, flows 200 feet between Giant Springs and the Missouri River near Great Falls.
  29. Montana is the home to over 60,000 miles of perineal streams (aka headwaters!)
  30. The state’s motto Oro y Plata means gold and silver.
  31. It is not uncommon to be stopped on the highway for cattle crossing.
  32. The average square mile of land contains 1.4 elk, 1.4 pronghorn antelope, and 3.3 deer.
  33. In Dillion, I live at 5,118′
  34. Dillon started as a ranching town when the railroad brought settlers to the Beaverhead Valley in the late 1800s. The Utah and Northern Railroads brought in many people from Monida Pass.
  35. The town was named after the president of the Union Pacific Railroad, Sidney Dillon
  36. Dillon has a population of 4,219
  37. Montana generates over $4 billion in agriculture
  38. There are no major league sports franchises in Montana due to the state’s relatively small and dispersed population.
  39. The growing season is shorter in the west, where some intermountain areas experience only 50 to 100 days without frosts a year.
  40. Montana accounts for 23% of the barley, 9% of the wheat, 41% of the dry peas, 35% of the lentils, and 20% of the safflower (by value) produced in the United States.
  41. I live here! Come visit me!



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