Why we choose to live and work in MontanaPosted: September 16, 2019
20 Interesting Facts About Montana
We talk to people all across the United States every day. We consistently hear from clients how lucky and fortunate we are to be able to live, work, and raise a family in Montana. Honestly, we couldn’t agree more.
Montana is the 3rd largest state in the continental United States (145,546 square miles) but only averages 6.8 people per square mile, and has tons of interesting facts. Here are some of our favorite fun and interesting facts about Montana:
- In Montana, the elk, deer, and antelope populations outnumber the humans.
- 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.
- 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.
- No state has as many different species of mammals as Montana.
- 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.
- 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.
- Virginia City was founded in 1863 and is considered to be the most complete original town of its kind in the United States.
- 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.
- Going to the Sun Road in Glacier Park is considered one of the most scenic drives in America.
- Montana’s rivers and streams provide water for three oceans and three of the North American continent’s major river basins.
- Butte, Montana was once known worldwide as The Richest Hill on Earth. An oft-told story is of emigrants being told, “Don’t stop in America, go straight to Butte!”
- There are over 10,000 miles of underground tunnels beneath the city of Butte. That’s about the same distance as traveling from Butte Montana to Atlanta Georgia 5 times in a row!
- The famous fly-fishing movie “A River Runs Through It” focuses on the Blackfoot River in Montana, but most of the fishing footage was shot on Montana’s Gallatin River.
- The largest observed snowflake fell during a storm in 1887 in Montana. It was measured at 15 inches wide.
- In 1937, Montana recorded the hottest temperature it ever recorded when it reached 117 degrees in Medicine Lake! In 1954, Rogers Pass was a frigid -70 degrees, the coldest temperature ever recorded in Montana. This makes it the all-time temperature range recorded in Montana at 187 degrees… that is a bigger range than any other state in the Union!
- On December 14, 1924, in Fairfield, the temperature dropped 84 degrees from noon to midnight, dropping from 63 to minus 21 degrees.
- Yellowstone National Park is the largest geyser field in the world and home to half of the world’s active geysers
We are blessed to live in such a great state. Our company is like a family; we look after each other, we work hard, and play hard. We’re not in business to get rich, we’re in business to make an honest living and be good stewards of our natural resources.
Thank you for your business, and we hope you enjoyed these Montana fun facts!!!
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