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The largest snowflake ever observed was 38 cm
wide was recorded in
January 28, 1887. That’s just darn near 15 inches. Amazing!
Giant Springs, Montana is
home to the largest fresh water spring in the U.S.
holds the world record for the greatest temperature change in 24 hours. On January 14-15, 1972, the temperature went from from -54°F to 49°F a
whopping 103 degrees in Loma!
it is illegal to throw an item across a street.
the word "ditch” can be used to order a drink. It means "with
water." "I'd like a Jack Daniel's ditch, please" means,
"I'd like a Jack Daniel's and water." This is not a joke. In fact, all
you really have to ask for is a "Jack ditch." Try it out the next time
you find yourself in a Montana
Giant Springs, courtesy
Country Montana Website
It is illegal to have a sheep in the cab
of your truck without a chaperone.
The selection of Helena as the capital
had an inauspicious beginning. A political war between two "Copper
Kings" Marcus Daly and William Clark, resulted in massive bribery and
vote-buying scandals only a "Copper King" could afford. With Daly
backing Anaconda and Clark supporting Helena, it is estimated that in
1894 each man spent almost $3 million to determine which city would
become Montana's new capital.
it is illegal for married women to go fishing alone on Sundays, and
illegal for unmarried women to fish alone at all.
has the largest migratory elk herd in the nation.
At the Rocky Mountain Front Eagle
Migration Area west of Great Falls more golden eagles have been seen
in a single day than anywhere else in the country.
The average square mile of land contains
1.4 elk, 1.4 pronghorn antelope, and 3.3 deer.
The Roe River is
recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's
shortest river. The Roe flows 200 feet between Giant Springs and the
River near Great Falls. The Roe River competes with the D River in
Oregon for the title of the shortest river. Both rivers
have been measured on different occasions, with lengths varying from
58 feet to 200 feet. Schoolchildren in Great Falls campaigned
successfully to have the Roe River placed in the Guinness Book of
In 1888 Helena had
more millionaires per capita than any other city in the world.
Creeks in Montana are
often pronounced "crick."
Yogo Sapphire is the only North American gem to be included in the Crown
Jewels of England.
It is a misdemeanor to
show movies that depict acts of a felonious crime.
46 out of
56 counties are considered "frontier counties" with an average population
of 6 or fewer people per square mile.
World's Largest Steer can be found at Baker, Montana at
the O'Fallon Museum. Weighing in at 3,980 pounds, he grew to
be 5'9" tall and 10'4" long. Born March 23, 1923 just east of Baker,
Montana, the steer lived for 15 years and 4 months. Raised by Jack Guth, a
former jockey, the steer toured local stock shows and circuses when
he was alive. After he died, his hide was preserved. Steer Montana
disappeared for many years, but was finally discovered in a storage
facility in Billings and donated to the O'Fallon Museum.
At Bowdoin National Wildlife Refuge it is
possible to see up to 1,700 nesting pelicans.
In Montana the
word "spendy” means "expensive," used in the same way the rest of
us would use "pricey."
The notorious outlaw,
Henry Plummer, built the first
jail constructed in the state at
In Excelsior Springs,
balls may not be thrown within the city limits.
days in Billings,
Montana, the cowboys and scarlet ladies of every
performed impossible dances atop bars, tables, and in some instances upon
atop the pianos.
Every spring nearly
10,000 white pelicans with a wingspan of nine feet migrate from the Gulf
of Mexico to Medicine Lake in northeastern Montana.
The "Going to the Sun Road" in Glacier Park is
considered one of the most scenic drives in America.
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Beaverhead County Courthouse,
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