locater map
Samual Adams
"The right to freedom being the gift of the Almighty... The rights of the colonists as Christians... may be best understood by reading and carefully studying the institutions of The Great Law Giver and Head of the Christian Church, which are to be found clearly written and promulgated in the New Testament."
Founding Father
Abigail Adams
"A true American Patriot must be a religious man... He who neglects his duty to his Maker, may well be expected to be deficient and insincere in his duty towards the public."

First Lady
George Washington
"Let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle."
Thomas Jefferson
"Of all systems of morality, ancient of modern, which have come under my observation, none appear to be so pure as that of Jesus."

to William Canby (1813)


Entered the Union:November 8, 1889 (41) Capital: Helena
Origin of Name: Spanish for “mountainous” State Tree: Ponderosa Pine
State Nickname: Treasure State State Flower: Bitterroot
State Bird: Western Meadowlark State Animal: Grizzly Bear
State Motto: Oro y Plata (Gold and Silver) State Song:“Montana"
State Forests: 7 • State Parks: 42
Famous For: Glacier Park, Yellowstone Park, Bighorn Mts., Wildlife
Famous Montanans: Gary Cooper (actor), Alfred Bertram Guthrie (Pulitzer Prize-winning author), Chet Huntley (TV newscaster), Will James (artist), Evel Knievel (daredevil stuntman), Jeannette Rankin (first woman elected to Congress)
Native Animals and Birds: Click on photos of the animals and birds on this page to find out more about them and to hear the sounds they make.
State Fair: Great Falls
mountain goat
Belly River
Hidden Lake
Headwaters State Park
Montana National Forests
Montana National Parks
Montana State Parks
Montana Historic Sites
Montana Attractions
Montana Dude Ranches
Skiing in Montana
Fishing in Montana
Hunting in Montana
Listen to Meadowlark's Song
Montana Wild Flowers
Montana Photo Gallery -1 2
Montana Butterfly Gallery
Montana Homeschooling
Montana Resorts
Montana RV Parks
Montana Hotels & Reviews
In 1803, the United States acquired most of Montana in the Louisiana Purchase. In 1841 missionaries built St. Mary’s Mission, the first attempt at a permanent settlement.  In 1847, the American Fur Company built Fort Benton on the Missouri River.  This town is now Montana’s oldest continuously populated town.
Gold was discovered in Grasshopper Creek in 1862.  Thousands of prospectors built mining camps throughout Montana as gold strikes were discovered. 
In 1876, the U.S. Army arrived at the Little Bighorn River to place all Native Americans on reservations.  In the famous battle known as “Custer’s Last Stand,” Sioux and Cheyenne Indians killed Lieutenant George A. Custer and more than 200 of his men in less than 20 minutes.
“Treasure State” refers to the importance of mining in Montana – copper, lead, zinc, silver, coal, and oil.
Yellowstone National Park in southern Montana and northern Wyoming was the first national park in the nation.
Glacier National Park has 250 lakes within its boundaries.
No state has as many different species of mammals as Montana. Among the approximately 100 species of mammals in Montana are elk, black bears, grizzly bears, antelope, bighorn sheep, mountain goats, moose, caribou, and mountain lions.
The average square mile of land contains 1.4 elk, 1.4 pronghorn antelope, and 3.3 deer.
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 largest snowflake ever observed (38 cm wide) was recorded in Montana on January 28, 1887. That’s darn near 15 inches!!!
Giant Springs, Montana is home to the largest fresh water spring in the U.S.
Montana holds the world record for the greatest temperature change in 24 hours. In Loma, on January 14-15, 1972, the temperature went from from -45°F to 49°F -- a whopping 103 degrees!
In 1888, Helena had more millionaires per capita than any other city in the world.
46 out of Montana's 56 counties are considered "frontier counties" with an average population of 6 or fewer people per square mile.
The "Going to the Sun Road" in Glacier Park is considered one of the most scenic drives in America.
At Egg Mountain near Choteau, dinosaur eggs have been discovered.
The Continental Divide runs along the crests of the Rocky Mountains from Canada to Mexico, literally dividing the waters of the North American Continent. Montana is known as the headwaters state because much of the water which flows to the rest of the nation comes from the mountains of Montana.
Virginia City was founded in 1863 and is considered to be the most complete original town of its kind in the United States.
Flathead Lake in northwest Montana contains over 200 square miles of water and 185 miles of shoreline. It is considered the largest natural freshwater lake in the west.
Miles City is known as the Cowboy Capitol.
Montana is the fourth largest state with the 44th largest population.
Yellowstone National Park in southern Montana and northern Wyoming was the first national park in the nation.
Montana has the largest grizzly bear population in the lower 48 states.
Montana mountain goats will butt heads so hard their hooves fall off.
Montana's Ethnic Roots: German 27%, Irish 14.8%, English 12.6%, Norwegian 10.6%, Native American 7.4%
Religion in Montana: 79% Christian (55% Protestant, 24% Catholic), 18% No Religion, 3% LDS
Wild Buffalo can be viewed at the National Bison Range in Moiese.
Grasshopper Creek’s gold at Bannack, Montana was 99-99.5% pure, compared to most gold at 95%. When the strike was found in 1862 it led to the greatest rush to the West since the California Gold Rush in 1848.
Thanksgiving Day
Thanksgiving - Thanking God for His blessings
Thanksgiving Day November 28, 2024
In 1621, 52 Pilgrims and approx. 50 Native Americans celebrated a 3-day feast thanking God for His blessings enabling their survival in the New World. Thanksgiving Day is celebrated on the 4th Thursday of November.
December 1, 2024
Advent begins 4 weeks before Christmas and remembers the longing and waiting of God's people for the coming of the Messiah.
Bill of Rights Day

Bill of Rights Day

December 15, 1791
Bill of Rights Day

Celebrating the 10 amendments to the Constitution which protect individual rights by placing specific limits on government power. These freedoms do not exist in many countries of the world.
Christmas Day
Christmas Day
December 25th Christmas celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ, the Savior of the World. This joyous festival is enjoyed by Christians and nonChristians alike all over the world.