Montana January 10, 2018
10 Quirky Facts About Montana We’re Proud To Embrace
Are you well-versed in your Treasure State trivia? There are probably a few things even the most die-hard Montanan doesn’t know. These facts prove that life in the Last Best Place is anything but boring.
1. Our state holds the record for the most dramatic temperature change to occur over a 24-hour period.
In 1972 in Loma, the temperature rose from -54˚F to 49˚F. The coldest temperature ever recorded in Montana was -70 degrees at Rogers Pass, north of Helena in January of 1954.
2. Helena was once home to the most millionaires per capita in the entire world.
This was in 1888, and we had the gold rush to thank.
3. Want to isolate yourself in true Montana fashion? Just move to Jordan.
Jordan is 175 miles from the nearest airport, 85 miles from the nearest bus line and 115 miles from the nearest train. It's one of the most isolated counties in the nation.
4. Montana should be called the Lake State instead of the Treasure State. There are over 250 lakes within the Glacier National Park boundaries alone.
There are 3,223 known lakes in our beautiful state.
5. In Montana, prostitution is considered a "crime against the family."
We're not sure exactly what that entails, but it doesn't sound fun.
6. It is illegal to pretend to abuse an animal in front of a minor.
We're not sure why this is a law when it should just be common sense, but we're not complaining.
7. We really, really like our space here.
Of Montana's 56 counties, 46 are considered "frontier counties," with average populations of 6 people or less per square mile.
8. Montana actually has TWO state gemstones: sapphire and agate.
9. We have the world's largest steer in our possession.
Steer Montana can be found at the the O'Fallon Historical Museum. He weighed 3980 pounds in life.
10. And speaking of our bovine friends, Montana has more cows than people.
We're not kidding when we say we like our space.
Here’s another fun fact about Montana: We’re proud to be
America’s black sheep.