Montana is a place of vast prairies, spectacular snow-covered mountains, and verdant forests. Wild rivers and streams are filled with rainbow trout and other fishes. Elk are bountiful in western areas of the state.

Lewis and Clark were the first to explore the area of Montana in 1805 and 1806. With the Corps of Discovery, they traveled up the Missouri River across Montana in 1805. On the return trip from the Pacific Ocean, in 1806, Lewis followed the Missouri River and Clark went down the Yellowstone River.

Montana’s early history is a story of Indians, mountain men, and prospectors. During the late 1800s, cattlemen brought cattle to forage on the abundant prairie grasses. Many homesteaders arrived to settle the land and build towns. Home was often a log cabin. Today, agriculture, manufacturing, and service-related industries dominate Montana’s economy.

Montana is a sparsely populated state. So there’s plenty of room to roam, in the countryside and in the cities.

Montana is a place where “Old West” traditions live on. Cowboys still drive cattle high up into the mountains to feed on lush summer grasses. Indians, in full native dress, gather to celebrate their customs at the Lewis and Clark County fairgrounds in Helena and other areas of the state.

Montana has beautiful scenery and exciting historical places. Wonderful museums are found in cities, big and small. Fishing, hunting, and camping are popular activities for almost everyone. Visitors enjoy outdoor activities in all seasons.

Montana once billed itself on its license plate as “The Treasure State.” That slogan symbolized the wealth derived from the state’s rich gold and silver deposits. True to its history, Montana is still a genuine treasure, with its abundant natural resources and friendly people.

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