Montana is famous for Yellowstone Park, wildlife, the Bighorn mountains and Glacier Park. There are also some famous people from Montana. Actor Gary Cooper and Jeanette Rankin, who was the first woman elected to Congress, are among those who found fame after living in the state. Famed daredevil Evel Knievel is also from Montana.Continue Reading
Yellowstone was the first park designated as a national park in the United States. In total, Montana has 42 state parks and seven forests, all of which are home to many endangered species, such as the state's official animal, the grizzly bear. Each year, more than 10,000 pelicans travel to Montana from the shores of the Gulf Coast of Mexico. Other abundant wildlife includes mountain goats, caribou and mountain lions.
Montana was also one of the "gold rush" states when many miners made their way to the area because of the discovery of gold in 1862, nearly 60 years after the United States acquired much of the territory as part of the Louisiana Purchase deal.
Montana is also famous for "Custer's Last Stand." This was a battle in which the Sioux and Cheyenne Indians Killed Lieutenant George A. Custer and a large number of his fighters.Learn more about The West
Actors who live in Montana include Jeff Bridges, John Lithgow, Kiefer Sutherland, Michael Keaton and Peter Fonda. Famous musicians who live in Montana include Huey Lewis and Pearl Jam founder Jeff Amen. Media mogul Ted Turner owns almost 2 million acres of Montana land. Author Christopher Paolini also lives in Montana.Full Answer >
Rocky Mountain oysters are a famous state food in Montana. The dish is viewed as a traditional cowboy fare and is featured at festivals in the Northern Rockies town of Clinton and in Virginia City, Mont. The term "oysters" in the dish's name is a another name for the actual main ingredient, which is bull calf testicles.Full Answer >
No one person founded Montana. At least 11 Native American tribes hunted buffalo across the land before European settlers arrived. Pierre de la Verendrye discovered the Rocky Mountains in 1743, and France owned the territory until selling it to the United States as part of the Louisiana Purchase in 1803.Full Answer >
The Rocky Mountains, commonly known as the Rockies, pass through the states of New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Montana and Idaho. Extending between the United States and northwestern Canada, the Rockies contain more than 40 separate mountain ranges. The width of the Rocky Mountain system varies between 70 and 300 miles.Full Answer >