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Montana Crazy Laws, Fun Facts and Trivia
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 (This law has been repealed.)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.
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
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.
- Top Ten Destination Spots in Montana
Montana is one of the most gorgeous states in the United State. Between the flora and fauna there isn't a shortage of beautiful places to see. here are ten places to see while visiting Montana.
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