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Montana – the Big Sky State

   
Interactive Map | Printables | Online Activities | Top 5 Facts | History | In Detail | People | Video
   
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Montana Printables

 

Montana Color-me State Quarter

Montana Printable Blank Map

Montana Printable Blank Flag

Montana Printable Fact Sheet

Montana Printable Scavenger Hunt

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Western Meadowlark

Montana State Bird: Western Meadowlark

 

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Montana State Bird: Western Meadowlark

 

Top Five Facts

 

1. ) Montana is the nation’s largest landlocked state.

2. ) Montana is the only state that shares a border with three Canadian provinces.

3. ) The north entrance to Yellowstone National Park is located in Gardiner, Montana. It is the only entrance to the park that is open all year.

4. ) Montana’s Yellowstone River is the longest free-flowing (undammed) river in the United States.

5. ) At negative 70 degrees Fahrenheit, Rogers Pass, Montana, holds the record for the coldest temperature ever recorded in the lower 48 states.

 

Montana in History

 
Custer's Last Stand
 
Custer’s Last Stand
 

1803: The US buys the Louisiana territories, which includes much of Montana.

1805: Lewis and Clark explore much of Montana along the Missouri, Marias, and Yellowstone Rivers.

1863: The settlement of Bozeman is founded as a stop on the Bozeman Trail, an extension of he Oregon Trail.

1864: The Montana Territory is created from the Idaho Territory.

1864: The city of Helena (originally Crabtown) is founded after gold is discovered at Last Chance Creek.

1867: Fort Shaw is created west of the Great Falls of the Missouri River as a trading post and hospital. It was eventually used a school for Native Americans.

1875: Helena is named capital of the Montana Territory.

1876: U.S. soldiers from the 7th Cavalry are massacred at the Battle of Little Bighorn in eastern Montana by Lakota and Cheyenne warriors. 258 American soldiers are killed, including General George Custer in what came to be known as Custer’s Last Stand.

1877: Cheyenne and Nez Perce Indians are driven from Montana by U.S. military forces.

1877: The settlement of Billings is founded as a stop on the Northern Pacific Railroad.

1882: The city of Great Falls is founded on the Missouri River. Originally called Johnstown, the site’s geography was thought to have great potential for creating hydroelectric power.

1889: Montana becomes the 41st state.

1932: Montana’s Glacier National Park and Canada’s Waterton Lakes National Park become the world’s first International Peace Park.

 

Louisiana Purchase

Much of Montana became part of the United States in the 1803 Louisiana Purchase. Click above to learn why it is sometimes called the "greatest real estate deal in history."

   
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Lewis and Clark in Depth

This is one of the web’s most comprehensive exhibits on the Lewis and Clark expedition for kids. It contains numerous printable and interactive activities as well as a guided tour along the trail.

   
Custer's Last Stand

Custer’s Last Stand

Eastern Montana was the site of the famous Battle of Little Bighorn, where George Custer and his cadets were massacred by local Native Americans.

 

Montana in Detail

 
 
Montana portion of the Missouri River
 

Rocky Mountains

Missouri River

Glacier National Park

 

Montana People

 
Sioux (Lakota) Nation Flag
 

Sioux Nation

 

Selected Montana Video – Glacier National Park