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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This tiny town sits at the junction of the Big Hole and the Wise River. The Big Hole was at one time named the Wisdom River by Lewis and Clark after one of Thomas Jefferson’s "cardinal virtues." For some reason, this name didn’t sit well with later settlers and they renamed the river the Big Hole. Perhaps as a consolation, this tributary to the Big Hole was given the name Wise River.
There are several versions of how the creek which this town took its name from got its name. All agree that it was from a name the Indians gave it. Some say it was "Creek where the wolf jumped too." Others say it was "Creek where the wolf jumped to." The files of the Great Northern Railroad claim the origin is "Creek that the wolf jumped in." In each case, the wording changes the story behind the name. One thing is for sure—it had something to do with a wolf.
Nobody knows for sure where Wolf Point got its name. The most accepted account is that during a late cold 1860s winter, wolf hunters (Wolfers) killed hundreds of gray wolves. Before the hunters could skin the pelts, the carcasses froze. They stacked them in piles in their campsites along the Missouri River waiting for the spring thaw.
Named after a prominent Montana family, Worden has also prospered in farming due to the irrigation project. Stop into the Huntley Project Museum of Irrigated Agriculture, located in Worden, for an interesting look at farming artifacts, machinery, and displays.
This is the northwestern-most town in Montana and took its name from the nearby river. Yaak is an Indian word for “arrow. “ The Indians thought the river cut like an arrow across the Kootenai.
This quirky, but historic little mining town is nestled in the Little Rockies just above Landusky. One of the favorite activities for visitors here is panning for gold. Candy and John Kalal, the proprietors of the Zortman Garage and Motel will give you guidance on this fun and sometimes rewarding activity.