Montana is a state diverse in its geography, culture, and history. From the history of mining and logging in the west, to the tales of the homestead era in the east, it is a land rich in stories of the past. From the western mountain ranges of the Rocky Mountains to the prairies and badlands of the east, it is a land of everchanging scenery. It's here that a culture of ranching and farming blends with a culture of arts and an urban small town lifestyle of it's cities and towns. Montana is huge in it's physical scale, almost 800 miles from the southeast corner to the northwest corner of the state; but small in population with less people in the entire state than are found in most U.S. urban areas with less than a million inhabitants spread across it's vast expanse. Recreation is year round here with a full range of winter activities, ski areas, snowmobile trails, and cross country ski trails, and provides endless opportunities for recreation in the warmer months with world class fishing, hiking and outdoor activities. Your Montana journey starts here.
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In 1882, Thomas B. Quaw, an entrepreneur, located land along the newly surveyed Northern Paciﬁc Railway about ten miles from Bozeman. He found this property greatly to his liking, and thus, the community had its beginning. At that time, many European ﬁnanciers invested money to complete the Northern Paciﬁc Line. As a complimentary notice of appreciation to the Serbian investors, this blind siding was named Belgrade after the capital of Serbia.
For a brief time between 1883 and 1884, Belknap was a booming railroad town and outfitting pointfor miners. In 1884, it burned to the ground andnever quite recovered. During its brief heyday, itspopulation exceeded 3,000.
Belt is named for a nearby mountain with a surrounding belt, or girdle, of rocks. Coal mining first began here and supplied fuel for nearby smelters in Great Falls. In 1930, the smelters were converted to natural gas and the coal market plummeted.
Expansive wheat fields roll along the land surrounding the dying community of Benchland. With the extension of the railroad to the community, several settlers moved to Benchland in 1909. However, the town never achieved great popularity as it peaked at 200 citizens in 1915.
Biddle, Montana is located along state Highway 59 just north of the Wyoming border along the Little Powder River. The area was named for the Biddles, owners of the Cross Ranch, who imported Scottish Highlander cattle in the early part of the century.
The town takes its name from the “big arm” of Flathead Lake on which it sits.