Everyone seemed to enjoy my previous post 50 Things You Didn’t Know About Montana, so I decided to lock and reload. So after some exhaustive research I decided to take some time off of making photos about Montana and come up with a list of 50 MORE things you didn’t know about Montana. It’s a lot harder than you might think putting an article like this together. For starters, I try to confirm every “fact,” and it needs to be sufficiently obscure that the vast majority of people reading this article didn’t know it to be true.
I hope you find these as entertaining and interesting as the last list. Enjoy!
1.) Montana has the slowest average Internet speed in the country. People living in Estonia, Kazakstan, and Madagascar have a faster average Internet speed than those of us who live in Montana.
2.) Six towns in America are named Montana: Montana, Arkansas; Montana, Kansas; Montana, New Jersey; Montana, Ohio; Montana, Wisconsin; and Montana, West Virginia. However, there are no towns in Montana named Arkansas, Kansas, New Jersey, Ohio, Wisconsin, or West Virginia.
3.) Montana was the first state to repeal its enforcement of the prohibition of alcohol in 1926.
4.) It is against the law for a woman in Helena, Montana to dance on a table in a bar unless she is wearing 3.125 lbs. of clothing.
5.) Though Montana is one of the coldest states in the U.S., it is home to seven different types of cactuses, six species of lizards, one breed of scorpion, and a thriving population of tropical fish in Ruby Lake near Madison, Montana.
6.) The largest fish ever caught in Montana was a 77-inch, 142 lbs. 8 oz. paddlefish caught on the Missouri River near James Kipp Recreation Area in 1973.
7.) Prior to becoming President of the United States, then New York State Assemblyman Theodore Roosevelt found himself in a hotel in Mingusville (now Wibaux), Montana where he punched out a drunken bully who teased him about his glasses.
8.) There is one horse for every seven people living in Montana. Only Wyoming and South Dakota have more horses per capita than Montana.
9.) Slippery Ann is a popular destination for wildlife enthusiasts who want to observe wild elk in their natural habitat. It gets its name from nearby Slippery Ann Creek…which was named after Cyprian Matt; a notorious fur trader who operated a trading post near there in the 1880s. Somewhere along the way Cyprian Creek became Siparyann Creek, which became Slippery Ann Creek.
10.) Helena, Montana had the electric service installed in August 1882. New York City did not have electric service installed until a month later.
11.) The average age of a rancher in the state of Montana is 60.
12.) Glacier National Park has 48 glaciers, the largest of which is Blackfoot Glacier, which is approximately 400 acres in size. And shrinking. By 2020 it is estimated there will be no more glaciers in Glacier National Park.
13.) The last passenger pigeon in the state was shot in Waterton, Montana on August 23, 1874.
14.) There are only eight escalators in the state of Montana.
15.) Approximately 546 cities in the world have a larger population than the entire state of Montana…despite it being the fourth largest state in the United States.
16.) The town of Ismay in Custer County is the smallest town in Montana with a population of just 19 people. The residents of Ismay once considered changing its name when they learned a man named Ismay pushed his way onto a lifeboat ahead of women and children on the doomed British passenger liner Titanic.
17.) By law it is illegal to bring a “bomb, grenade, or explosive missile” to a city council meeting in Billings, Montana.
18.) Big Bud 747, built in Havre, Montana in 1977, holds the record for the world’s largest farm tractor ever built. Today it is on display at the Heartland Museum in Clarion, Iowa.
19.) The first McDonald’s Restaurant in Montana was located at 1046 Grand Avenue in Billings and opened on August 19, 1969.
20.) African American soldiers from the U.S. Army’s 25th Infantry Bicycle Corps rode their bicycles through the mountains along old wagon trails and Indian paths from Fort Missoula, Montana all of the way to St. Louis, Missouri in 1897. As such, it is argued that mountain biking was invented in Montana.
21.) The oldest person ever executed in Montana was 70-year old Heinrich “Henry” Furhmann. He was hanged in 1883 for shooting his son-in-law three days before Christmas in the doorway of his saloon.
22.) In 1904 the Gros Ventre tribe in north central Montana had only 535 living members. Today it has more than 3,682 people enrolled in the tribe, of which only 35 are said to still speak their native language.
23.) Montana is the first state that requires law enforcement to obtain a search warrant in order to spy on anyone in the state using the personal information stored in their electronic devices.
24.) Butte, Montana has more than 250 miles of streets. But it also has more than 2,500 miles of tunnels underground.
25.) Montana’s mountain goats butt heads so hard their hooves can fall off.