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Montana: is a word of Latin origin, meaning "region of mountains."  Nicknames:  Big Sky Country, Stub Toe, Bonanza, Treasure.   State Data: Total Area 146,997 Sq. Miles.;  Water 900 Sq. Miles.; Elevation:  Lowest, Kootenai River (Flathead Country), 1,800 ft.,  highest, Granite Peak, 12,850 ft.;  average, 3,400 ft.    Motto: "Oro y Platta (Gold and Silver).  State Flower: Bitter Root  Main Rivers:  Flathead, Clark Fork, Bitter Root, Missouri, Jefferson, Madison, Gallatin, sun, Teton, Marias, Judith, Mussel shell, Milk , Yellow Stone, Big Horn, Powder, and Tongue.    Mountain Ranges: Rocky Mountains range from northwest to southeast.  The remainder (about 3/5ths) is part of the Great Plains.  Montana's western boundary are formed mainly by the continental divide.  Ranges include:  Bitter Root, Cabinet, Kootenai, Mission, Swain, Absarokas, Bear tooth, with Granite Peak, Highwoods, Bear Paws, Big Snowy, Little Rockies, Sweet grass Hills.  Flathead is one of the larger lakes.  Topography:  Several high, precipitous, peaks, the highest include:  Granite, Douglas, Lone, Cowen, Crazy, Electric, Hilgard, Haystack, Emigrant, and Gallatin,  all are near 11,000 feet in elevation!  Agriculture:  Montana is heavily irrigated.  Main crops include:  Wheat, oats, corn, barley, rye, flax, hay, potatoes, apples, and sugar beets.  Livestock (especially cattle and sheep), poultry (mainly turkeys), and dairy farming.  U.S. Agricultural Experiment Station at Bozeman.  U.S. Land-Grant College;  Montana State College of Agriculture and Mechanical Arts at Bozeman.   Manufacturing includes:  Montana has vast resources of water available.  Lumber products (from yellow pine, Douglas fir and larch, white pine, lodge-pole, spruce, cedar, and hemlock), flour and grain products, dairy products (cream, cheese, and condensed milk), They process copper and other metals in several smelters.    Geology: (Minerals: Copper, zinc, silver, gold, manganese, white arsenic, lead, coal, sapphires, graphite, gypsum, tungsten, and petroleum.  Montana's early history was formed by mining camps.  Mining is now second to agriculture.   Leading Cities: Helena (capital), Butte, Great Falls, Billings, Missoula, Anaconda, Miles City, and Bozeman. 

Climate-  Mostly dry, mountain air, low plains moderates the high country's cool air.  Average annual temperatures:  37 degrees in the northeast, 47 degrees in the sheltered mountain valleys.  Annual rainfall is 10 to 16 inches on the plains, and over 20 inches in the northwest.

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Food-  Traditional American food in most communities.  There is some Basque foods in different areas. Chinese food is also prevalent.

Foreign Visitors-  Foreigners entering the United States must carry two documents: A valid Passport, expiring not less than 6 months prior to the scheduled end of their visit to the U.S.; and a tourist visa obtainable at any American consulate at no charge. Anyone applying for an immigrant's visa must obtain a screening test for the AIDS-HIV virus.  This test does not apply to tourists.  Any visitor with a medical condition that requires treatment with narcotics or with paraphernalia must carry a valid, signed prescription from their doctor.  Travel insurance is optional in the US but required by most car rental companies.  See our link on money conversion for foreign guests.

History-  Just after the turn of the century 1804, a hopeful Thomas Jefferson send Captains Merewether Lewis and William Clark to explore the Louisiana Purchase and to find, (if it existed), the fabled Northwest passage to the sea.  On April 25, 1805, the Corps of Discovery camped by the riverside near the future site of Fort Union. The Lewis and Clark Expedition was hoping that they were just weeks away from a water passage to the Pacific, that would connect the trade routes of the Pacific to the Old World routes of the Atlantic.  Jefferson, as the president of a young nation, pressed congress for the Louisiana Purchase to strengthen American trade and settlement.  The $15 million dollar agreement with France nearly doubled America's size.  Montana was the last bastion of several Indian tribes.  Including the Nez Pierce Indians of N.E. Oregon.  The Corps of Discovery was impressed with the number of different Indian nations in this area.      

Language-  English

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Seasons-   Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter!  

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Travel- This country is big and best seen by private auto!

Tips-  In the high country early spring and Fall snow storms can catch you unaware, be prepared!  


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