Montana is a state diverse in its geography, culture, and history. From the history of mining and logging in the west, to the tales of the homestead era in the east, it is a land rich in stories of the past. From the western mountain ranges of the Rocky Mountains to the prairies and badlands of the east, it is a land of everchanging scenery. It's here that a culture of ranching and farming blends with a culture of arts and an urban small town lifestyle of it's cities and towns. Montana is huge in it's physical scale, almost 800 miles from the southeast corner to the northwest corner of the state; but small in population with less people in the entire state than are found in most U.S. urban areas with less than a million inhabitants spread across it's vast expanse. Recreation is year round here with a full range of winter activities, ski areas, snowmobile trails, and cross country ski trails, and provides endless opportunities for recreation in the warmer months with world class fishing, hiking and outdoor activities. Your Montana journey starts here.
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Situated on the Tongue River near the mouth of Hanging Woman Creek, Birney’s history is painted with the conflict between early pioneer settlers and Cheyenne and Sioux Indians. When Cheyenne and Sioux tribes migrated in 1877 to the mouth of Otter Creek (near present-day Ashland), General Miles attacked the Native Americans, forcing the two tribes to relocate to Birney’s present-day site.
Named for the nearby falls on the Missouri which was named by Lewis and Clark for the many eagles in the area. In the early 1900s, it was nicknamed "Little Chicago" because of the refineries and smelters that fed its existence.
While it is clear this town took its name from the Blackfeet Indians, it is not so clear where the tribe got its name. One story has the name coming from the legend of the Sun telling an old man in a vision to paint the feet of the eldest with black medicine which Sun provided.
The community of Bloomfield originated in June 1906 under the original name, Adams. The first post office established itself with the “Adams” community name, but residents changed the town name to Bloomfield in 1907.
This was the site of one of the state’s first large sawmills. It was named for E.L. Bonner who settled here in 1888. He was the first president of the Missoula and Bitter Root Valley Railroad.
Boulder, originally Boulder Valley, was named for the mammoth stones strewn around the valley. It was initially established as an early stagecoach stop in the 1860s along the Fort Benton–Virginia City route. The area later became a frontier trading center for the surrounding mining and agricultural area.