Montana, The Treasure State

Montana, The Treasure State

by Sandra Merville Hart Montana’s nickname is The Treasure State for its rich mineral reserves, including the nation’s most valuable gemstone, sapphire. The early history of Montana The Louisiana Purchase of 1803 opened up Montana to explorers who drew maps of the land. Fur-trading companies traveled to Montana and built a trading post on the Bighorn River. Montana became the Montana Territory in 1864, which meant citizens elected their legislature. Discovery of gold Prospectors traveled to Montana at the discovery of gold in 1862.  Bannack City (originally Bannack) was the first boomtown established that same year. Miners and prospectors came at every rumor of gold. Quickly built towns prospered until all the gold had been mined. Most miners left boomtowns...

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Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park, established in 1910, is located in western Montana. About 2,000,000 tourists visit the park every year. Crown of the continent The park earned the name of “crown of the continent” for the glaciers still found in the area as well as the majestic mountains, beautiful forests and meadows, and turquoise lakes. Many come to hike the 700 miles of adventurous trails.   Lake McDonald is the largest lake in the park The largest lake in the park is Lake McDonald where visitors can swim, boat, or fish. There’s also white-water-rafting on the Middle Fork Flathead River. Thirteen campgrounds There are thirteen campgrounds in Glacier and five of them are located along the Going-to-the-Sun Road. Families can also stay at Rising Sun,...

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