As Montanans, we like to think we know everything there is to know about Montana.  Messing around the other day, I mean working hard to find interesting topics, I ran across some facts about the Big Sky Country I didn't know, and I thought I'd pass them along. Throw some of these around next time you want to look real native born Montana at the bar.

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1.  46 of the 56 counties in Montana are considered Frontier Counties with an average population of 6 people or less per square mile.

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road to horizon

2.  The Anaconda Smokestack is one of the world's largest free-standing brick structures

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Anaconda Smokestack

Anaconda Smokestack

3.  Montana has two state gemstones, the Montana Sapphire and the Agate

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a blue agate mineral on reflective surface.

Montana Sapphire

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Montana Sapphire

MT Sapphire

4.  Ekalaka is named after the daughter of Sitting Bull, Chief of the Sioux

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Ekalaka

Ekalaka

5.  The Yellowstone River is the largest undammed river in the lower 48 states

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Yellowstone river

6.  Beaver Creek Park in Hill County is the largest county park in the United States

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Beaver Creek Park

Beaver Creek Park

7.  Fort Peck Dam is the largest earth-dilled dam in the world.

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Fort Peck Dam

Fort Peck Dam

8.  More Golden Eagles have been seen in one day at the Rocky Mountain Front Eagle Migration Area than anywhere else in the United States

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RMF Eagle Migration Area

RMF Eagle Migration Area

9.  You could fit the states of Virginia, Delaware, Pennsylvania plus the District of Columbia inside our Montana borders

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Montana map

Highway map of the state of Montana with Interstates and US Routes. It also has lines for state and county routes (but not labeled) and many cities on it as well. All cities are the County Seats and the Capitol (and some others).

10.  Montana is the only state with a triple divide.  From Triple Divide Peak, water flows to the Atlantic Ocean, the Pacific Ocean and the Hudson Bay

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Triple Divide Peak

Triple Divide Peak

11.  The Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman boasts more T-Rex specimens than anywhere else in the world, 13.

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Museum of the Rockies

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12.  The water at Giant Springs takes 26 years to travel underground before returning to the surface

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Giant Springs

Giant Springs

13.  Montana is home to the largest migratory Elk herd in America

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Elk

Large Male Elk with Rack of Horns National Bison Range Charlo Montana

14.  The first Gideon Bible ever placed in a hotel room was done so in Superior, Montana in 1908

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A red and black Bible stacked

A red and black Bible stacked

15.  There are more cattle in Montana than humans

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16.  The largest snowflake ever seen was recorded at Fort Keogh.  It was 15 inches in diameter.

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Close-Up of Snowflake

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