Montana Crazy Laws, Fun Facts and Trivia

Beautiful Saint Mary's Lake
Beautiful Saint Mary's Lake | Source

Montana Crazy Laws

  • It is illegal to have a sheep in the cab of your truck without a chaperone.
  • In Billings, Montana it is illegal for employee's of the city's communications center to program their phones with spped dial.
  • It is a felony for a wife to open her husband’s mail.
  • In Excelsior Springs hard objects may not be thrown within city limits.
  •  Helena, Montana, mandates that a woman can't dance on a table in a saloon or bar unless she has on at least three pounds, two ounces of clothing.
  • In Montana it is illegal for married women to go fishing alone on Sundays, and illegal for unmarried women to fish alone at all.
  • Pool tables in a billiard hall must be viewable from the street.
  • It is illegal to use your lawn sprinklers to annoy passerbyers.
  • You're breaking the law if you have more than one alarm clock ringing at the same time
  • Seven or more Indians are considered a raiding or war party and it is legal to shoot them.  (This law has been repealed.)
  • In Billings, Montana, bands who play in clubs where alcohol is served may not leave the stage while performing.

Photo on a grey wolf one of our endangered species.
Photo on a grey wolf one of our endangered species. | Source

Threatened and Endangered Animals of Montana

 

  • Grizzly Bear
  • Whooping Crane
  • Eskimo Curlew
  • Bald Eagle
  • Black-footed Ferrett
  • Canada Lynx
  • Piping Plover
  • Pallid Sturgeon
  • White Sturgeon
  • Least Tern
  • Bull Trout
  • Gray Wolf

Glacier National Park in Montana
Glacier National Park in Montana | Source

Montana Fun Facts and Trivia

  • 46 out of 56 Montana counties are considered "frontier Counties" with an average population of 6 or less people per square miles.
  • Montana shepherds spent many lonely hours piling rocks into high stacks called cairns. Some cairns can still be seen.
  • At the Rocky Mountain Front Eagle Migration Area west of Great Falls, more golden eagles have been seen in a single day than anywhere else in the country.
  • The first luge run in North America was built at Lolo Hot Springs on Lolo Pass in 1965.
  • The state flower of Montana is called bitterroot.
  • The elk, deer, and antelope population outnumber the humans.
  • Montana is home to seven Indian Reservations.
  • In 1867, Montana's territorial governor, Francis Meagher, a hero of the Civil War, boarded a Missouri River steamboat at Fort Benton, went to his stateroom, and was never seen again.
  • The Montana Yogo Sapphire is the only North American gem to be included in the Crown Jewels of England.
  • Early visitors to Montana prairies noted the many mounds of earth covered with flowers and were startled to learn that these were the sod houses of the settlers.
  • Montana is home to the world's shortest river, the Roe River in Great Falls.
  • The state of Montana has several nicknames including: Treasure State, Land of Shining Mountains, Big Sky Country, and Last Best Place.
  • The Going to the Sun Road in Glacier Park is considered one of the most scenic drives in America.
  • No state has as many different species of mammals as Montana.
  • Virginia City was founded in 1863 and is considered to be the most complete original town of its kind in the US.
  • The largest snowflake ever observed was 38 cm wide (nearly 15") was recorded in Montana on January 28, 1887.
  • The town of Ekalaka was named for the daughter of Sioux Chief Sitting Bull.
  • On the present site of Helena, a little party of gold miners agreed that they had reached their "last chance" to find wealth. Then they made a strike on what is now the city's main street, Last Chance Gulch.
  • Flathead Lake in Northwest Montana contains over 200 square miles of water and 185 miles of shoreline. It is considered the largest natural freshwater lake in the west.
  • Montana Indians believed that stealing a horse was the best way to show bravery.
  • In a house near Frenchtown, four brothers were born, but each was born in a different territory. Before statehood Montana had been a part of five territories.



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dahoglund 6 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

Old laws are amusing but they also tell us something about the culture of an earlier day when the law probably seemed quite logical. The one about sprinklers makes me with we had such a law here. Out neighborhood has a lot of homes with sprinkler systems and it sometimes makes it very hard to go for a walk without having to go into the street and traffic because the sprinklers water the sidewalks as well as the lawn.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 6 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

dahoglund, these laws were made in a simpler time when we didn't have all of the crime we have now. I can't imagine anyone in the government taking the time to make a law about putting spped dial on your phone because you work for a certain place. However, I find a lot of them seemed to take care of some of the little annoying things people tend to do. Case in point - sprinklers watering sidewalks and streets.


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gr82bme 6 years ago from USA

Wow, I am glad I don't live there. I go fishng by myself all the time. lol Thank you for sharing. This hub was a lot of fun


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 6 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

gr82bme, somehow I think they would look the other way. Glad you enjoyed it.


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CASE1WORKER 6 years ago from UNITED KINGDOM

Quite right these laws- imagine what a woman could get up to fishing alone on a Sunday! let alone an unmarried girl! There must be a reason behind it but it seems quite bizarre


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reddog1027 6 years ago from Atlanta, GA

I love all the old and odd laws. Loved the hub as now I know a little more about a fantastic state.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 6 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

CASE1WORKER, there are a lot of bizarre laws out there. At one point someone thought they were a good idea. Thanks for visiting.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 6 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

reddog, I find all of the old laws fascinating. I know there had to be a reason for them to be made in the first place, but some of them are really out there.


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onegoodwoman 6 years ago from A small southern town

After I told my hubby, " if I ever

get back to Monatana, I won't come

out", he has seen to it, that we haven't

gone back!

This hub was funny and informative.

When it comes to the alarm clock,

I would be an outlaw ~~~


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lyjo 6 years ago

This was so great...Montana has always been one of my favorites to try and visit one day....maybe I should second guess it?....Too funny! Up, awesome, will share! Take care!


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 6 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

onegoodwoman, so would I for that and opening my husbands mail.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 6 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

lyjo, Montana has to be one of the most beautiful spots on the earth. Hope you enjoy it on your next visit.


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prairieprincess 6 years ago from Canada

haha!!! These are quite amusing! I wonder how they measured the weight of a woman's clothing???? Hmmm!

Great hub, again, and I'm sure all of our jurisdictions have laws that just as crazy if we were to look them up. Great research!!!


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 6 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

Thant's a good question prairieprincess. Every state has it's own list of crazy laws.


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mulberry1 6 years ago

Interesting stuff! Now I want to visit Glacier National park drive the Going to the Sun road. It's hard to imagine a 15" snowflake, I'm still scratching my ahead about that one.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 6 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

mulberry, I'm wondering how they measured it.


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Jamie Brock 6 years ago from Texas

wow.. this is so interesting! I never knew about these weird laws according to the state. I am amazed at the snowflake... I wish they could have somehow got a pic of that!


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 6 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

Jamie Brock, I am still wondering how they measured it. I'm glad you enjoyed it.


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Peggy W 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

You started out with a really funny Montana law..."•It is illegal to have a sheep in the cab of your truck without a chaperone." And then there were more! Thanks for compiling all of these crazy laws and fun facts and trivia. Rated up and funny.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

hanks Peggy. These types of hubs are fun for me. I am so glad it made you laugh. Thanks for the rating.

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