Discover Montana

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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Box Elder

The town’s name came from the name of the creek it sits on. The banks are lined with Box Elder trees, thus the name. At the end of the 1880s, the railroad moved 40 families from Ohio to settle the area. 

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The town of Boyd was named for the homesteader John Boyd, who settled in this area in the early 1900s. The farmland around Boyd is irrigated with water that melts from the Beartooth Mountains.

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Arthur Boyce, an England native, moved to Montana in the early 1900s and began homesteading. As more homesteaders arrived, John E. Johnston established a community post office in 1906 and subsequently named the town. Boyce, discouraged with his dim homesteading ability, began carrying mail for the community. However, Boyce soon abandoned this profession, returning to England where he remained until his death. Today, the community houses a small general store, gas station, and post office.

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Downtown Bozeman MT

Bozeman is nestled in the midst of the pristine jewel of the Rockies, the Gallatin Valley. Located in the “Heart of Yellowstone Country” just 90 miles north of Yellowstone National Park, Bozeman is sophisticated, yet down to earth. It is happily isolated in the open and beautiful “Valley of the Flowers,” as early Native Americans named it, yet remains almost entirely surrounded by the Rockies.

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There is some disagreement as to where this town got its name. Some say it was named for a Dr. Brady who came to this area to treat an outbreak of smallpox while the narrow gauge railroad from Shelby to Great Falls was under construction here. Another theory is that it was named for the attorney for the rail line. Today it is a grain marketing and distribution center.

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The town of Bridger is named after explorer Jim Bridger, who was one of the first white men to travel through this area and into Yellowstone National Park. The town was originally called Georgetown, after the coal mine that was started up by a man named George Town. Mining became extremely popular in this area, and another small community developed and was called Stringtown. In 1864, Jim Bridger came through the area, leading a wagon train to the mining areas in Virginia City. On his way through, he led the train across the Clarks Fork River-which they referred to as “Bridgers Crossing.” Eventually, the name of the whole town was changed to Bridger.

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