More About Montana….
- The average age of a rancher in the state of Montana is 60.
- Glacier National Park has 48 glaciers, the largest of which is Blackfoot Glacier, which is approximately 400 acres in size. And shrinking. By 2020 it is estimated there will be no more glaciers in Glacier National Park.
- The last passenger pigeon in the state was shot in Waterton, Montana on August 23, 1874.
- There are only eight escalators in the state of Montana.
- Approximately 546 cities in the world have a larger population than the entire state of Montana…despite it being the fourth largest state in the United States.
- The town of Ismay in Custer County is the smallest town in Montana with a population of just 19 people. The residents of Ismay once considered changing its name when they learned a man named Ismay pushed his way onto a lifeboat ahead of women and children on the doomed British passenger liner Titanic.
- By law it is illegal to bring a “bomb, grenade, or explosive missile” to a city council meeting in Billings, Montana.
- Big Bud 747, built in Havre, Montana in 1977, holds the record for the world’s largest farm tractor ever built. Today it is on display at the Heartland Museum in Clarion, Iowa.
- The first McDonald’s Restaurant in Montana was located at 1046 Grand Avenue in Billings and opened on August 19, 1969.
- African American soldiers from the U.S. Army’s 25th Infantry Bicycle Corps rode their bicycles through the mountains along old wagon trails and Indian paths from Fort Missoula, Montana all of the way to St. Louis, Missouri in 1897. As such, it is argued that mountain biking was invented in Montana.
(Information via toddklassy.com)