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Montana, as a state, is fairly new. In 1803, the United States acquired lands in the Louisiana Purchase which included the part of Montana east of the Continental Divide.
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The land in Montana located west of the continental divide was part of Oregon Territory, lands acquired via treaty with Britain (1846).
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Until 1804 when the Lewis & Clark Expedition followed the Missouri River across the state, few non-natives traveled the country. Several Indian nations lived in the area.
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NewMontana is home to seven Indian reservations and twelve tribal groups: Flathead (Salish, Kootenai, and Pend'Oreille), Blackfeet, Rocky Boy's (Chippewa and Cree), Fort Belknap (Gros Ventre and Assiniboine), Fort Peck (Assiniboine and Sioux), Crow, Northern Cheyenne, and Little Shell Tribe. About 6% of the state's population are Native Americans. Indian censuses were taken from 1885 to 1930.
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Gold was discovered in Montana in 1852 but profitable amounts were not found until 1862. For the next five years there was a "gold rush" to western Montana.
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In 1864, Montana became a U. S. territory.
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NewThe transcontinental railroad (Northern Pacific) was completed in Montana in 1883. It arrived in Billings in 1882. The town was laid out by the railroad company.
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NewIn 1889, Montana became the 41st state. Helena is the state capital. The state archives are located there.
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NewIrrigation ditches allow farmers to raise corn, hay, spring wheat, and sugar beets.
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NewAlthough Billings is located along the Yellowstone River, the climate is high plains desert. It receives an average of 12 inches of precipitation per year. Without irrigation, there would be few farm crops.
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Billings is the largest city in the state and was founded in 1882. It is located in Yellowstone County (founded in 1883).
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The city of Billings and Yellowstone County are in south-central Montana.
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The altitude of Billings is 3,000 feet in elevation.
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