The last best place in America
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The air is clear, the sky blue and the sun is bright. In summer everyone spends time outdoors, headed to the snow dusted mountains, boating and fishing on crystal clear lakes and trout full rivers, or just riding about on motorcycles taking in this state’s wildlife and abundant natural beauty.
This state’s cattle ranchers build fences, but they are wildlife friendly, allowing migrating elk and deer passage along traditional routes. Techniques include: keeping gates open temporarily, swapping out the top and bottom barbed wires with smooth wire, lowering the top wire, and raising the bottom wire to allow the young to crawl under.
The state’s trademarked moniker is “the last best place.” Escalating property values and “out of towners” threaten that. Still, they know how to get Stressless.
Dana Carvey was born here on June 2, 1955.
To ride a motorcycle you must have a driver’s license and pay the required fee of 50 cents.
It is illegal to keep sheep in the cab of your truck without a chaperone.
It is illegal for married women to fish alone on Sundays, and illegal for unmarried women to fish alone at all.
Those born in this state pronounce Creeks “crick,” but less than half of the state is born here.
“Spendy” means “expensive,” the way the rest of us mean “pricey.”
In 1884, local citizens fed up with lawlessness formed a vigilante force, rounded up thirty-five horse and cattle thieves, and summarily hung them by their necks until dead.
The largest snowflake seen fell here on January 28, 1887 measuring darn near 15 inches. A cattle rancher called them “larger than milk pans”.
The world record for the greatest temperature change in 24 hours in one US state occurred on January 14-15, 1972, when the temperature went from -54°F to 49°F, a whopping 103 degree difference.
Glacier National Park
This state is home to one of America’s favorite national parks. Glacier National Park boasts over a million acres of awe-inspiring wilderness, so big the beauty spills over into Canada.
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