Montana Facts and History

 

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Montana is the fourth largest state in the union being 147,164 square miles 40% of which is public land. That is 37 million acres of land and water available for Vacation Travel and Outdoor Recreation.  It is the 6th least populated state cresting one million people in 2012.  This means there are only 6.8 people per square mile.  That leaves plenty of room for the cattle to roam as there are 3 head of cattle for every person in the state.  Along with that there are 1.4 elk, 3.3 deer and 1.4 pronghorn antelope per square mile which means there is plenty of wildlife to view and photograph.

Montana has more than 90 mountain ranges and many smaller island ranges.  Elevations from 12,799 feet from the top of Granite Peak to the lowest point of 1820 feet on the boarder of Montana and Idaho by Kootenai Falls in northwestern Montana.  You can hike for years on nine national forests, two national parks, 17 wilderness areas and 43 state parks.

With water everywhere you can float rivers, go water skiing, fishing or boating on hundreds of lakes. Montana is also home to the Headwaters of the Missouri River which is the longest river in the county. You will also find the headwaters of the Columbia River in western Montana.  The Roe River which is located between Giant Springs and the Missouri River in Great Falls Montana is one of the shortest rivers in the country at only 201 feet long.

Montana is home to the route of the Lewis and Clark Expedition where they spent 173 days leaving many points of interest all along the way.

Montana is full of the history of the wild west and with seven Indian reservations it is rich with Native America history.  The facts and history of Montana is endless and one good place to start your search for Montana Facts and History is at montanakids.com.

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