Montana February 21, 2017
9 Incredible, Almost Unbelievable Facts About Montana
If you’re familiar with your Montana state history, you’re probably already aware of some pretty cool facts, like that Montana means “mountainous” in Spanish and that we are the only state to border three Canadian provinces. But we’d like to present you with a few fascinating facts to impress your friends with (or win big at any Montana trivia night). After all, the Treasure State is a pretty interesting place.
1. Montana pets have the nation's longest average life span.
A 2013 report from the Banfield Pet Hospital found that Montana cats live more than two years longer than the national average, while Montana dogs are tied with South Dakota dogs with living 1.5 years longer than average.
2. The density of the state is only seven people per square mile.
We prefer to spread out here. To compare, Washington's population density is 108 people per square mile.
3. Montana's rivers and streams provide water for three oceans and three of the North American continent's major river basins.
We're connected to a lot of important waterways.
4. Montana sent a woman to Congress before women could even legally vote.
Jeannette Pickering Rankin was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives by the state of Montana in 1916.
5. Montana sent a greater percentage of its population to fight in World War I and World War II than any other state.
Just before World War II, many people in the state signed up for the military to escape the poverty of the Great Depression. 10% of our population ended up serving.
6. In Montana, the elk, deer and antelope populations outnumber the humans.
7. Part of Montana almost became the 49th state.
In 1939, some ranchers and farmers in Wyoming got fed up with the federal government and the New Deal, and decided to secede and form a new state. It would have been called Absaroka, after a local mountain range, and included a chunk of southeastern Montana, southwestern South Dakota, and northern Wyoming. The movement never gathered enough steam to be productive, although a few license plates were made.
8. Montana served as the model for the wartime federal Sedition Act of 1918.
The Montana Sedition Law forbade any criticism of the state or federal government or their programs, including the war. About 200 Montanans were arrested under it.
9. The cause of Lyme disease was discovered in Montana.
Scientist Willy Burgdorfer discovered the cause of Lyme disease while working at the Rocky Mountain Laboratory in Hamilton. While studying Rocky Mountain spotted fever, another disease transmitted by tick bites, he discovered the bacteria that causes Lyme disease in 1981.
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