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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Absarokee is a small town with a lot of character. The name originates from the Crow Indians who, in the Hidatsa language, were referred to as Absarokee or “Big Beaked Bird.” The white man referred to them as The Crow. The town of Absarokee used to be part of the Crow Reservation and the Old Crow Agency is just outside of town, marked with a plaque. Located on the Stillwater and Rosebud Rivers, the town sits about a mile away from the Bozeman Trail. Oliver Hovda built the ﬁrst house, a pre-fab from Sears and Roebuck, in 1904.
Acton is a very small town that is supported by a sprawling ranching community, even though the population is said to be 10. The town originally served as a stop along the Great Northern Railroad.
This town was homesteaded by the Alberts family when the only roads here
Once served as a shipping center during the early gold rush days, gold dredging operations at the turn of the century left large gravel mounds west of town. Near Alder Ponds lie piles of processed rock, called windrows, as well as the dredge ponds from the operation of one of the largest dredges to be used in 1911. Two of Harry Plummer’s road agents were hanged near here in 1864. It’s estimated over $100 million dollars in gold was extracted from this area. Even today, visitors can pan for gold at Alder Gulch River of Gold. A few buildings remain, along with a few residents.
Springing up in 1885 when Wilson Redding opened the first post office in the area, Alhambra was situated near a natural hot springs. Although these hot springs were later developed into a resort setting, the community itself did not thrive. The post office closed its doors in 1947 due to low population numbers.
Montana's rugged Beartooth Mountains formed the backyard for this small alpine community. When Christina Branger and the rest of her family came to Montana from Switzerland, they settled near East Rosebud Lakes shore and promptly christened their new home, Alpine. The settlement soon attracted others, so Ms. Branger opened the ﬁrst post ofﬁce in 1914 and assumed the role of postmaster. Excluding the years of 1943-1945, the post ofﬁce successfully operated until 1953. While Ms. Branger kept herself busy in the postal industry, her family operated a popular hotel in the area for several years. Today, the area houses summer home residents eager to trade city life for peace and quiet amidst outstanding scenery.