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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Choteau was named to honor Pierre Choteau, Jr., the president of the American Fur Company and the first to bring a steamboat up the Missouri. It is one of the oldest towns still alive in Montana which began as a trading post. Once a center for large cattle ranchers, cattle and sheep raising continues as an important key to the economy of the area.
Homesteaders began arriving in this thriving farm and ranching area in the late 1800s. When David Hilger established the first post office in 1885, he formally changed the town’s name from Saltbrook to Christina, in honor of his wife.
Circle is located halfway between Glendive and the Fort Peck Reservoir and the Big Sheep Mountains lie to the north. Circle got its start as a cattle town; the name is derived from a circle brand used by one of Montana’s first cattle outfits.
Clancy sits in the heart of a famous silver camp. In the late 1800s, the Clancy district mined ore so rich that it could be hauled by bull team to Ft. Benton, put on steamers headed east, shipped over the ocean to Swansea, Wales for smelting, and still show a profit. The town took its name from a colorful old-timer known as “Judge” Clancy.
James Roberts opened the first post office in Cleveland in 1893, and the postal service successfully served the community’s residents until 1957. First established as a settlement of several homesteads, Cleveland has since fused its small farms into prosperous cattle ranches.
Clinton is an old lumber and mining town. At one time, the Charcoal Mine yielded thousands of dollars worth of silver and lead. The town was originally known as Better’s Station and was a stage stop on the Mullan Road. The name was later changed to honor a fellow by the name of Henry Clinton.