Summer is a busy time for millions of tourists who flock Montana to see our magnificent scenery and experience things one can only dream about in most parts of the country. If you are planning to vacation here, you are already aware of many of the things that make Montana such a unique destination, but...
I'll bet there are a few more interesting things about our beautiful state that you didn't know. As an example, did you know that geographically speaking, Montana is the USA's fourth-largest state, while our population is fourth-smallest? The 2005 resident population estimate was 935,670.
- In 1888 Helena (state capitol) had more millionaires per capital 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.
- An average square mile of land contains 1.4 elk, 1.4 pronghorn antelope, and 3.3 deer.
- No state has as many different species of mammals as Montana.
- Montana has the largest migratory elk herd in the USA.
- Elk, deer and antelope populations outnumber the humans.
- Montana has the largest grizzly bear population in the lower 48.
- Moose, numbering over 8,000 today, was thought to be extinct in the Rockies south of Canada in the 1900s.
- Miles City is known as the Cowboy Capitol.
- Virginia City, established in 1863, is considered to be the most complete original town of its kind in the United States.
- The Old West can be rediscovered at the Charles M. Russell Museum Complex in Great Falls.
- George Armstrong Custer and his troops made their last stand at Little Bighorn.
- Montana is home to seven Indian reservations.
- Montana only has one Area Code
- Montana holds the world record for the greatest temperature change in 24 hours. In just a day's time the temperature rose a whopping 103 degrees Fahrenheit.
Come back tomorrow for part II of this posting. I'll bet there's a few more things about this Big Sky Country that you don't know!