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Billings, Montana Calamity Jane 1880 Olive Dewey McDaniels Warren
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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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Montana 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, and Northern Cheyenne. 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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The transcontinental railroad (Northern Pacific) was completed in Montana in 1883.
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In 1889, Montana became the 41st state.
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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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Although Billings is located along the Yellowstone River, the climate is high plains desert.
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Irrigation ditches allow farmers to raise corn, hay, and sugar beets.
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