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Montana is so different from the West to the East, but itís all beautiful and unique. One thing that doesnít change in any of the regions is the hard working good people and the beautiful moments we share mixed with nature. This is Godís country.

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Actually living in this beautiful Big Sky country it happens quite often. I am awe struck by the beauty that God surrounds me with!

Best thing about Montana is the sunsets!!

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Montana Facts and Trivia

Montana has the largest migratory elk herd in the nation.

The state boasts the largest breeding population of trumpeter swans in the lower United States.

At the Rocky Mountain Front Eagle Migration Area west of Great Falls more golden eagles have been seen in a single day than anywhere else in the country.

North of Missoula is the largest population of nesting common loons in the western United States.

The average square mile of land contains 1.4 elk, 1.4 pronghorn antelope, and 3.3 deer.

The Freezeout Lake Wildlife Management Area contains as many as 300,000 snow geese and 10,000 tundra swans during migration.

At Bowdoin National Wildlife Refuge it is possible to see up to 1,700 nesting pelicans.

The Montana Yogo Sapphire is the only North American gem to be included in the Crown Jewels of England.

In 1888 Helena had more millionaires per capita than any other city in the world.

46 out of Montana's 56 counties are considered "frontier counties" with an average population of 6 or fewer people per square mile.

At Egg Mountain near Choteau dinosaur eggs have been discovered supporting the theory some dinosaurs were more like mammals and birds than like reptiles.

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.

The notorious outlaw, Henry Plummer, built the first jail constructed in the state.

No state has as many different species of mammals as Montana.

The moose, now numbering over 8,000 in Montana, was thought to be extinct in the Rockies south of Canada in the 1900s.

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.

Miles City is known as the Cowboy Capitol.

Yellowstone National Park in southern Montana and northern Wyoming was the first national park in the nation.

The town of Ekalaka was named for the daughter of the famous Sioux chief, Sitting Bull.

Fife is named after the type of wheat grown in the area or, as some locals contend, by Tommy Simpson for his home in Scotland.

Fishtail is named for either a Mr. Fishtail who lived in the area or as the area Indians prefer for some of the peaks in the nearby Beartooth Mountain Range which look like the tail of a fish.

The Yaak community is the most northwestern settlement in the state.

Montana has the largest grizzly bear population in the lower 48 states.

Near the Pines Recreation Area as many as 100 sage grouse perform their extraordinary spring mating rituals.

The first luge run in North America was built at Lolo Hot Springs on Lolo Pass in 1965.

Combination, Comet, Keystone, Black Pine, and Pony are names of Montana ghost towns.

Virginia City was founded in 1863 and is considered to be the most complete original town of its kind in the United States.

Montana is nicknamed the Treasure State.

The bitterroot is the official state flower.

The density of the state is six people per square mile.

The highest point in the state is Granite Peak at 12,799 feet.

The most visited place in Montana is Glacier National Park, known as the crown jewel of the continent. It lies along Montana's northern border and adjoins Waterton Lakes National Park in Canada, forming the world's first International Peace Park.

Buffalo in the wild can still be viewed at the National Bison Range in Moiese, south of Flathead Lake and west of the Mission Mountains.

Montana's first territorial capital, Bannack, has been preserved as a ghost town state park along once gold-laden Grasshopper Creek.

The Old West comes to life through the brush and sculpture of famed western artist Charlie Russell at the Charles M. Russell Museum Complex in Great Falls. The museum contains the world's largest collection of Russell's work, his original log-cabin studio and his Great Falls home.

The Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman gained fame through the work of its chief paleontologist, Jack Horner. Horner was the prototype for the character Dr. Alan Grant in the best selling novel/movie, "Jurassic Park."

Montana's rivers and streams provide water for three oceans and three of the North American continent's major river basins.

Just south of Billings, Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer and his troops made their last stand. Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument features the Plains Indians and United States military involved in the historic battle.

The western meadowlark is the official state bird.

The first inhabitants of Montana were the Plains Indians.

Montana is home to seven Indian reservations.

Every spring nearly 10,000 white pelicans with a wingspan of nine feet migrate from the Gulf of Mexico to Medicine Lake in northeastern Montana.

The Going to the Sun Road in Glacier Park is considered one of the most scenic drives in America.

The state's official animal is the grizzly bear.

The state's motto Oro y Plata means gold and silver.

Montana's name comes from the Spanish word mountain.

In Montana the elk, deer and antelope populations outnumber the humans.

Glacier National Park has 250 lakes within its boundaries.

Hill County has the largest county park in the United States. Beaver Creek Park measures 10 miles long and 1 mile wide.

Competing with the D River in Lincoln City, Oregon for the title of the world's shortest river, the Roe River flows near Great Falls. Both rivers lengths vary from 58 feet to 200 feet. The source for this small river is Giant Springs, the largest freshwater spring in the United States.


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7/11/19 5:46 P

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I am so thankful that nothing showed up when they did the tune-up on my car. The check engine light was an entirely different code than it was last Friday? They told me to take it out to Havre Tire to get an alignment appointment - that the rear struts were leaking but could wait a year or so for replacement. So when I got out there, they wanted to do the alignment "right now". I laughed and told them I didn't have any money, would have to run home and get it. They said they'd go ahead and do it and then I could run home and get the money. It's amazing to live in a place where that happens.

And as I was sitting there, my dear friend, Paul, brought in his car to get the tires rotated so we got to catch up a little and work on some road trip planning. We've been playing phone tag for about a month.

I am so thankful that the car worked out so well. I was concerned that it would be major engine work and turned out to be computer glitch. I am thankful that I finally got to meet up with Paul and we have planned an excursion for Saturday. It is always hard to coordinate our busy schedules and couldn't believe he was going to be free on Saturday. We'll drive out to an old diner car that they have moved further west to another town and are once again serving burgers and fries and milk shakes. Only has 9 stools!

I'm grateful for the summer heat finally showing up. We need the heat to ripen the wheat!

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Summer in Augusta, Montana. Where the big sky meets the golden horizon and my heart wishes that summer would last forever.

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Bear Grass

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Great Falls Rainbow by Gay Wallace

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The Yellowstone River flows past Pompey's Pillar.The pillar features an abundance of Native American petroglyphs, as well as the signature of William Clark, co-leader of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. 25 miles East of Billings it first became a historic landmark in 1965. The land around Pompey's pillar has been under constant dispute because it was originally owned by the Crow Tribe but the federal government seized it back.
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A billowing storm over the Swan Mountain range near Bigfork, MT captured by Tom Hicks (via Montana Nature Lovers).

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My friend, Don Greytak, showing his incredible pencil art at the Russell Art Auction in Great Falls for 2019. I've fed Don a lot of meals over the years. I love his calendars and his take on the old rural life in Montana! They even did one of those specials about him on KRTV.

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Hay heading to Nebraska from Montana farmers 3/23/19

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Montana, says Anthony Bourdain, "is the landscape that generations of dreamers, despots, adventurers, explorers, crackpots, and heroes fought and died for. It's one of the most beautiful places on Earth. There is no place like it."

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Red Ants Pants!

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Dana Duvall Gallagher writes:
"Montana is a way of life that gives us so much nature and beauty! Not just all the great outdoor activities and passions great Montanaís share year around, but the life that grows each spring to the snow and freezing temperatures..."


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I love to watch snow fall. I hang lots of snowflakes lights and leave them up until March! They brighten up the cold, dark winter days here and always make me smile! I also love to build snow people! I save good branches for their arms and buy funky old hats and scarves at thrift stores and rummage sales! I am thankful for simple child like joys!

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The people! Was hit by an uninsured kid tonight at an intersection and several people came over to make sure I was all right and 2 guys even helped me pull the fender away from the tire so I could drive home. Lots of genuine care & concern!

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The "wave" on country, county, farm and 2-lane roads!

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Visiting with all the old veterans at the VA hospital at Fort Harrison. Played a couple games of cribbage today.

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The Pronto Pups and Vikings at the Hill Co. Fair!

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This just seems like a great thread to pull forward. Add some of your "best" places!

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Garnet Ghost Town was neat on a cool September day!

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I love the mountains and being close enough to Yellowstone to take a day trip.

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LOL@ERNO8151. Oh yes, fall is indeed great to be digging around here. At the rate things change, you will be digging snow before long.

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Fall! I'm digging the oncoming fall weather now!

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The beauty, wide open spaces, hiking, wildlife, storms (without damage) and caring people! I love it here:)

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Well Montana Ed I have been through that country many times. I have a brother in Billings. Where I was thinking about was the Big Hole Valley. I live in the Bitterroot and my parents are in Dillon so I travel that route frequently. Not much but cows haystacks and antelope.

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Love a good thunderstorm as long as there is no hail, tornadoes, or forest/range fires involved.

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Love a good thunderstorm as long as there is no hail, tornadoes, or forest/range fires involved.

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Camping at twin lakes, just hangin out at mcdonald lake. trails and friends.

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Gee "NEGSON" - you must be from my home town area of Miles City. Talk about driving for miles and not seeing another car. Between Billings and MC - it can happen even on the Interstate!

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I agree with everything that you've said "NEGSON."
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The mountains, the quiet spaces, how you can drive for miles and never see another car. The seasons (not to keen on winter). The people!

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I have to add that I enjoy seeing the wildlife. Especially the deer and moose.....wild turkeys were interesting and was glad we were in a truck when we ran into a bear on the trails.....
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I can go anywhere (other than the UM fieldhouse on home game day) and not be overwhelmed by crowds! I get to look at the greatest scenery while doing everything.

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Living in Helena and being so close to Missoula, Bozeman, Great Falls, and Butte. If there is nothing to do in Helena that is!

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The view of the mountains and the peaceful setting where our property is located in DeBorgia.
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What are some of your favorite things about living in the Big Sky State?! Let us know!

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