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Moving to Montana
Montana is known as the Big Sky Country or the Treasure State. That is indeed what awaits you, breathtaking, open country, where the elk, deer and antelope populations outnumber the humans. Bordered by Idaho, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming and Canada, Montana is the land of wide open spaces. Home to 43 state parks and 25 scenic byways, Montana is nature’s beauty, pure and stunning.
Montana became the 41st state in 1889. In land size, at 147,046 square miles, it is the 4th biggest state in the US. With a population of 902,195 (as of 2000), it ranks the 44th most populous state. Major industries are farming (wheat and sugar beets), cattle ranching, and mining of gold, silver, copper, and coal. The State Motto is "ro y plata," which means Gold and Silver.
Now that you are moving to Montana, impress friends and family with these fun facts:
State Capital is Helena.
In 1888, Helena had more millionaires per capita than any other city in the world.
Largest City is Billings.
The name Montana comes from the Spanish word for mountainous.
Glacier National Park has 250 lakes within its boundaries.
The "Going to the Sun Road" in Glacier Park is considered one of the most scenic drives in America.
Montana has the largest migratory elk herd in the nation.
Buffalo in the wild can still be viewed at the National Bison Range in Moiese.
You may find buffalo on the menu in Montana.
Yellowstone National Park, in southern Montana and northern Wyoming, was the first national park in the nation.
The largest snowflake ever observed, 38 cm wide, was recorded in Montana on January 28, 1887.
Drinking while driving in Montana only recently became illegal, October 1, 2005.
Creeks are often pronounced "crick."
State Flower is the Bitterroot.
State Tree is the Ponderosa Pine.
The first inhabitants of Montana were the Plains Indians. The state is home to seven Indian reservations.
46 out of Montana's 56 counties are considered "frontier counties," with an average population of 6 or fewer people per square mile.
Montana mountain goats will butt heads so hard their hooves fall off.
Montana has the largest grizzly bear population in the lower 48 states.
No state has as many different species of mammals as Montana.
The most extreme recorded temperature change in a 24-hour period was on January 15, 1972, in Loma. The temp rose from -54 F to 49 F.
Folks in Montana say "spendy" to mean pricey or expensive.
The State Song is "Montana."
In a Montana saloon, "ditch" means "with water." A Jack Daniel's ditch is a Jack Daniel's and water. All you need to say is "Jack ditch."
The Battle of Little Big Horn, also known as Custer's Last Stand, took place on June 25, 1876. More than 200 of his men were wiped out in less than 20 minutes.
The average square mile contains 1.4 elk, 1.4 pronghorn antelope, and 3.3 deer.
Enjoy your new home - Montana!