It's not called the 'last best place for nothing' and it's only a matter of time until the rest of the country figures that out. I'm sure all of  you living in Montana feel lucky as well as I do. Each of my friends that has moved away is vying for the chance to move back to the Treasure State.

Here are some facts about our 1 million populous region

  • We became a state on November 8th 1889
  • We are the fourth largest state at 147,000 square miles
  • We are only more densely populated than two states
  • We have  the largest migrating elk heard in the nation - and our elk, deer, and antelopes outnumber people!
  • Our Yogo Saphire is the only North American gem to be included in the Crown Jewels of England
  • Our state bird is the western meadowlark
  • In 1888, Helena had more millionaires per capita than any other city in the world
  • 46 of our 56 counties have fewer than 6 people per square mile - guess we still aren't too crowded
  • We have the most species of mammals than any other state
  • Our state flower is the bitterroot
  • We have seven Indian Reservations
  • The first inhabitants of Montana were the Plains Indians