Thursday, August 30, 2012

INTERESTING MONTANA FACTS


     The moose, now numbering over 8,000 in Montana, was thought to be extinct in the Rockies south of Canada in the 1900s.
      At Egg Mountain near Choteau, dinosaur eggs have been discovered supporting the theory some dinosaurs were more like mammals and birds than like reptiles.
      In Whitehall, Montana it is illegal to operate a vehicle with ice picks attached to the wheels.
     In 1884, the citizens of Montana Territory were fed up with lawlessness and forming a large-scale vigilante force, they executed thirty-five horse and cattle thieves that year.
     The Continental Divide runs along the crests of the Rocky Mountains from Canada to Mexico, literally dividing the waters of the North American Continent. Montana is known as the headwaters state because much of the water which flows to the rest of the nation comes from the mountains of Montana.
     No state has as many different species of mammals as Montana.
     In Deer Lodge, Montana, in the Old West days, a cowboy evangelist angered over a snoring parishioner once fired a bullet over the head of the dozing man.
    The Battle of the Little Bighorn also known as Custer's Last Stand took place on June 25, 1876. Lieutenant Colonel Custer's forces—including more than 200 of his men were wiped out in less than 20 minutes.
     It is a felony for a wife to open her husband's mail.
     In Fort Benton, Montana a cowboy once insisted on riding his horse to his room in the Grand Union Hotel. When the manager objected, they exchanged gunfire. The horseman was killed before reaching the top of the stairs; fourteen .44 slugs were later dug out of his body.
     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.
     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 is the fourth largest state with the forty-fourth largest population.
     Montana has 43 state parks and 25 scenic byways
     Yellowstone National Park in southern Montana and northern Wyoming was the first national park in the nation.
     Montana has the largest grizzly bear population in the lower 48 states.
     In Montana, it is illegal for married women to go fishing alone on Sundays, and illegal for unmarried women to fish alone at all.
     Montana mountain goats will butt heads so hard their hooves fall off.
     Montana is nicknamed the Treasure State. 
     Virginia City was founded in 1863 and is considered to be the most complete original town of its kind in the United States.
     It is a felony for a wife to open her husband's mail.
     Three bandits who robbed the Adams Express car in a passenger train near Bannack, Montana were rounded up by vigilantes and promptly hanged, a fate that became all too familiar in the lawless West when citizens, angered over vacillating courts, meted out their own brand of swift and self-satisfying justice.
     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.
     In Montana the elk, deer and antelope populations outnumber the humans.

1 comment:

Juliet Waldron said...

sounds like a beautiful place to visit, but not necessarily to be a single woman/wife in, especially if you like to fish--or snoop. It's probably NOT a felony for a man to open his wife's mail, right? :)

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