|Stephen Bly (1944-2011)|
In the meantime, I learned a lot about the Big Sky country. All of it part of my extensive western research, both fiction wise and personal. Here's some of Montana's many charms.
12 Incredible Montana Factoids
|Montana pronghorn antelope|
2. In 1888, the city of Helena had more millionaires per capita than any other city in the world.
3. 46 of Montana's 56 counties are considered "frontier counties" because of extremely low population.
4. Montana is the only state with a triple divide allowing water to flow into the Pacific Ocean, Atlantic Ocean, and Hudson Bay. This phenomenon occurs at Triple Divide Peak in Glacier National Park. My family and I have been there.
5. Montana has more different species of mammals than any other state.
6. Flathead Lake in NW Montana is considered the largest natural freshwater lake in the west. It contains over 200 sq. miles of water and 185 miles of shoreline.
7. The first luge run in North America was built at Lolo Hot Springs on Lolo Pass in 1965.
8. Virginia City, founded in 1863, is considered the most complete original town of its kind in the U.S.
|Going To The Sun Highway|
10. The Going to the Sun Road in Glacier Park is considered by many the most scenic drive in America.
11. Roe River, which flows near Great Falls, often at 58 feet in length, is considered the shortest river in the country. Its source is Giant Springs, the largest freshwater spring in the U.S.
12. Montana's name comes from the Spanish word for mountain: montaňa f; montón m.
|Going To The Sun Highway Weeping Wall|
|Montana Bighorn Sheep|
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