Montana – Big Sky Country

Montana Postcard

Greeting from Montana Postcard. Available at Legends’ General Store.

Montana’s name is derived from the Spanish word montaña, which means mountain. She is also known by several nicknames, including “Big Sky Country”, “The Treasure State”, “Land of the Shining Mountains” and “The Last Best Place”.

Montana is a land of spectacular mountains and plains. From the wondrous geological features of Yellowstone to the majesty of Glacier, Montana’s National Parks will inspire and astound you. You’ll see an abundance of wildlife – antelope, elk, moose, mountain goats, bighorn sheep, eagles, trumpeter swans, bears, wolves, and more.

Visitors will also enjoy adventure and excitement in the Old West by seeing the historic mining camps of Nevada CityBannack, and more.

Montana has something for everyone, providing memories you will never forget.

Enjoy your travels in Montana and welcome to the Big Sky Legends.

Kathy R. Weiser-Alexander

Virginia City Stage

Virginia City, one of Montana’s oldest mining camps, still entertains thousands of visitors each year. Photo by Kathy Weiser-Alexander.

Desert John's Saloon

Desert John’s Saloon and Frontier Montana Museum in Deer Lodge. Photo by Kathy Weiser-Alexander.

Montana Flag – Under the word “Montana“, on a blue field, is the state seal. The seal shows some of Montana’s beautiful scenery and tells what people were doing in pioneer times. The pick, shovel, and plow represent mining and farming. In the background, a sun rises over mountains, forests and the Great Falls of the Missouri River. A ribbon contains the state motto “Gold and Silver”.


Bannack Barn & Wagon

Barn and wagon found in the ghost town of Bannack. Photo by Kathy Weiser-Alexander.

Bannack – From Gold to Ghosts

Barker & Hughesville – Ghost Camps in the Little Belt Mountains

Battle of Little Big Horn

Bitterroot Valley, Western Montana

The Bozeman Trail – A Violent Path to the Gold Fields

Adventures on the Bozeman Trail

The Blackfoot Indians – “Real” People of Montana

Chief Joseph – Leader of the Nez Perce and a True American

Coolidge – Tumbling in the Forest

Comet – Silence on the Eastern Slope

A Day’s Drive With Montana Cowboys

Discovery of the Rocky Mountains

Elkhorn Survives

Frank Latta – How Skill Caught a Criminal and Luck Saved the Lawman’s Life

Garnet – Montana’s Best Kept Ghost Town Secret

Ghost Town Ghosts in Bannack, Montana

Glacier National Park

Granite – Montana’s Silver Queen

Granville Stuart – Montana Pioneer Hero

Hecla Mining District in the Pioneer Mountains

Henry Plummer – Sheriff Meets a Noose

Joseph Slade – Hanged By Vigilantes

Lakota, Dakota, Nakota – The Great Sioux Nation

The Marias Massacre

Marysville – Growing Once Again

The Mighty Missouri River

Mines of Idaho & Montana

Montana Ghost Towns

Montana Forts of the Old West

Montana Fun Facts & Trivia

Montana Indian Battles

Montana Photo Gallery

Montana Postcards

Montana Ghost Towns & Mining Camps

Nevada City – Outdoor History Museum

Nez Perce – A Hard Fight For Their Homeland

Off the Grid – Our Friend Albert

Quirky Montana

Desert John’s Saloon Museum

Merry Widow Health Mine

Old Montana Prison Museum

The Writing of Jerry’s Riot: The True Story of Montana’s 1959 Prison Disturbance

New Atlas Saloon in Columbus

Rimini Lives On

Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument

The Vigilantes of California, Idaho, & Montana

Virginia City, Montana – A Lively Ghost Town

Writing Credits

Yellowstone National Park

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