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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Arlee was named for Chief Alee of the Salish tribe. The name, which means "red night" was corrupted in its English version when the "r" was added. Arlee was named Chief of the tribe when then-Chief Charlo refused to move onto the new reservation.
Jerould “Doc” Armington’s ranch became the building site for the small coal mining community of Armington. Settled in approximately 1890, Armington operated a post office until 1957 and relied heavily on the railroad to draw people into town.
Ashland, Montana is located along U.S. Highway 212—the shortest route between the Black Hills and Yellowstone National Park. Nestled between the Cheyenne Indian Reservation to the west and the Custer National Forest to the east, it is located along the Tongue River and is an ideal spot to take a break if you’re driving along 212.
Lewis and Clark passed through this area in 1806. Their presence here was well documented in their journals. Historians conclude that the prominent landmark they mentioned was the now-famous Haystack Butte
First known as Butler, Austin established itself as a flag station for the Northern Pacific Railroad outside the once prosperous placer camp of Greenhorn. Postal records indicate that Peter Tostevin opened Austin’s post office in 1901, which successfully operated until 1967.
When a Welshman immigrated to this Montana area in the late 1800s, he was struck by its valleys and river and dubbed his new settlement “Avon” (meaning river in Welsh) as it reminded him of his native country. The area thrived, and in 1884, a post office began servicing the community. Today, the area is home to cattle and sheep ranchers and is a supply stop for miners.