Montana became a state on November 8, 1889 making it the 41st state admitted to the Union. With an approximate area of 145, 552 square miles and a population of only 926, 900 people - Montana has a lot of room to grow! Only 6 other states have less people. Montana is home to the baby Missouri River which begins at Missouri Headwaters State Park near Three Forks, Montana where the Jefferson River and Madison River converge. The Missouri has a length of 2,341 miles - making it the longest river in North America.
Montana is known for its abundant wildlife, Yellowstone National Park (which is mostly in Wyoming but some northern sections are in Montana), fishing, hunting, Custer's Last Stand, and mineral mining.
Wildlife in Montana includes wolves (which were reintroduced into Yellowstone and have made their way North) coyotes, bison, elk, moose, deer, mountain goats, grizzly bears, and antelope. The North entrance to Yellowstone National Park is located in Gardiner, Montana and provides easy access to Mammoth Hot Springs and houses Yellowstone National Park Heritage and Research Center.
As settlers stared moving west into Montana the relations between the Native American and the Americans became strained. In the mid 1800's many bloody conflicts arose from this stress. One of which was the Battle of Little Bighorn, which occurred on June 25, 1876 and was led by General George A. Custer. Here a battle between the Sioux and Cheyenne Indians, led by crazy Horse, erupted. Not one single American soldier lived to tell the tale. This battle became known as Custer's Last Stand.
Montana has an abundance of mineral wealth inside its borders - mainly gold, silver, copper, and lead. Some of the early mining towns survived to become cities - like Helena but more often they died and turned in to "ghost-towns". Montana is also the only place in the United States where sapphires are mined.
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