The mountains of Montana have yielded fortunes in gold and silver since the mid-1800s — in fact, Montana’s motto is “Oro y Plata,” which is Spanish for gold and silver. Mining is deeply ingrained in our local history, and the Bozeman Trail played a big role. And while you won’t find wagons on the roads these days, you can still take a part of the trail simply by taking Highway 287 from Three Forks to Virginia City.

Of all the wagon trails blazed during the westward movement, the Bozeman Trail ranks as one of the most contentious. Here are a few more Montana facts you might not know.

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