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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Montana’s first commercially lucrative oil strike occurred in the area in 1920, and soon, the booming oil camp of Cat Creek was flourishing. With an estimated 200-300 men working in the oil fields, Cat Creek grew to include several tar paper shacks, company bunkhouses for single men, a company cookhouse, and a lively recreation hall.
Aptly named for its central location between Pageville and Point of Rocks, Centerville thrived from 1870 until 1908. During its heyday, Centerville operated a school that also served as a community entertainment center.
Although this community was originally known as Big Flat and then Charlotte, US Governor and Senator, Joseph Dixon, was influential in changing the town’s name to Charlo to honor the area’s Native American history.
This town has never been much more than a friendly stop on the road for travelers. It sits on land which was once owned by the Bair Livestock Company. In the early 1900s, Bair was one of the state’s largest sheep ranchers.
Before the Great Northern railroad came through, ranchers had to drive their cattle all the way to Minot, North Dakota to market. This was a favorite resting spot of theirs on the way east.
Chinook was named after the Indian word for the winds that often whisk through this area during January and February causing temperatures to rise as much as 70 degrees in only a few hours.