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Montana celebrates 130th birthday


November 7, 2019

On November 8, 1889, Montana entered the Union and became the 41st state of the United States of America. This year marks her 130th birthday. Many may call her “the big sky country,” but everyone can agree that Montana is truly “the last best place.”

Native Americans were the first to inhabit the land, and today there are seven federally recognized Indian tribes in Montana. The state’s population grew exponentially when gold was discovered in 1852, closely followed by the discovery of coal, copper, lead and silver in 1862. These discoveries garnished Montana the nickname of The Treasure State.

While it has been known that there are more cattle than people in the state – three cattle for every human – the estimated population for 2019 is set to be around 1.07 million, which makes Montana the 44th most populous state, according to Wikipedia.

Montana is home to Flathead Lake and Glacier National Park, and it is also home to 13 T-Rex specimens. It is the only state with a triple divide, where water flows into the Pacific Ocean, the Atlantic Ocean and Hudson Bay. Montana also has the largest migratory elk herd in the nation. And let’s not forget; huckleberries. While Montana’s history is vast and its scenery is sought after by people from around the world, many residents are grateful to call this beautiful state home. Happy Birthday Montana.


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