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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Canyon Ferry established itself as a boomtown catering to travelers as the passage across the Missouri River was easy and convenient from this location. A post office operated from 1868-1907, and then again from 1910-1922 and 1945-1957 to meet the demands of both residents and sightseers. The town became popular again when the Canyon Ferry Dam was constructed here.
This town is the birthplace of Chet Huntley—famous TV newscaster and founder of Big Sky Resort. The town took its name from Edward Cardwell, a man with extensive property holdings in the area when the town was established. At one time, Cardwell was a station on the Northern Pacific Railroad. It saw a short boom time when the Mayflower Mine was in operation.
Arthur C. Knutson, businessman and postmaster established Carlyle’s first post office in 1907. Today, the village remains near the North Dakota border.
This small community features one of the three remaining ferry crossings on the Missouri River.
Cartersville and Sheffield are both located along the former Milwaukee Railroad main line that ran along the north side of the Yellowstone River. Cartersville was named in honor of former U.S. Senator Thomas Carter, who was also Montana’s first congressman. Sheffield was known as Calabar, but the name was changed when the post office was established in 1929
This is the town that should have been Great Falls. It was named for the falls on the Missouri though not very near them and is much older than Great Falls. At one time it was the rival of Great Falls for the county seat. Charlie Russell lived here for a while.