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09 Jun 2021

FIFTY STATES OF COINAGE- Part 26- Montana

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Well, sooner or later, Montana will be the next California- crowded as the rich move from New York and Los Angeles to Montana, the last relatively uninhabited space in the Continental United States. If you have time, visit before the influx of people ruin the state's beauty. I went to Beartooth Pass in Montana (well, Wyoming, but close enough) and Yellowstone, and words where lost on the landscape.


Anyways, enough rambling... Welcome to Montana, everybody! Big Sky Country! Home of the Big Sky Eisenhower Dollar Hoard! Among other things...



Various indigenous peoples lived in the area now known as Montana for as long as the trees. Historic Tribes including the Crow, Cheyenne, Blackfeet, Assiniboine, and the Gros Ventres. In 1803, Napoleon sold New Orleans and the virtually-quarantine area like Louisiana Territory to the United States. Included in this sale was Montana east of the Continental Divide. After the expedition of Lewis and Clark, the region became a hotbed for fur traders, who used the beginning of the Missouri River to travel the region. However, there was a dispute over land, between British Oregon and American East Montana, which was settled with the Oregon Treaty. In 1841, Euro-Americans created the first permanent settlement in the region, at St. Mary's, near Stevensville, MT.


After the Civil War, The Cook-Folsom-Peterson, and the Washburn-Langford-Doane Expeditions explored the Yellowstone-Grand Teton region for the first time, helping U.S. Grant cement the area as the world's first national park. The park encompassed parts of Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana. As settlers moved into the surprisingly viable region, this caused conflict, mostly with the Nez Perce and their Chief, Joseph. He knew that his people would be soon chased, so he led his people to flee to Southern Alberta, in Canada. They failed. Also, the state would be home to The Battle of Little Bighorn, which was, by my accord, the worst embarrassment the US Army has faced (worst than the Surrender of Corregidor). As part of the war, the US Calvary, under Phillip Sheridan, was to deplete the Indians of their main food source- Bison. By 1884, only 325 bison remained.


After the violence ended, native Montanans appealed for statehood, which was received on November 8th, 1889

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During the World Wars, many people enlisted. The vast copper reserves in the state were used for bullets and other war goods. Afterwards, the state became home of the Minuteman I missiles, which would dot a landscape of over 23,500 square miles.


Today, Montana is an agricultural state, known for the natural beauty, with the state holding many resources, such as oil, gas, coal, and lumber. Famous citizens include Gary Cooper, Sitting Bull, Calamity Jane, and Chief Joseph.



If you ever thought that a big ole' bison skull would scare you, well, don't go picking up a 2007 Proof set. The Montana 50 state quarter as a bison skull, right front, and center, located over a motif over the Rocky Mountains, and the word's "Big Sky Country located the right of the skull.


And in 2011, a quarter commemorating Montana's "Other" national park. The quarter is a Mountain Goat, standing on the rugged terrain, with Mount Reynolds, majestic and tall, standing in the distance.


Groan, no classic commemoratives...


Now would be a great time to quickly retell the story of the National Park Service!


By the Act of March 1st, 1872, Congress would establish Yellowstone National Park, as a public park. Well, at the beginning protection was... sketchy. A true Ranger, ONE, would serve the park at any one time. With the giant size of Yellowstone, this task seemed next to impossible. Man hunting Bison near Old Faithful? Cannot stop it if you only have a horse, and you are an hour to the South at Lewis Lake! It was the definition of rugged.


People loved the idea, so they created more and more parks. John Muir in California created Yosemite and Sequoia National Park, in the Sierra Nevada. Meanwhile, the Forest Service and War Department created their own service for war monuments, so Chickamauga/Chattanooga National Military Park was created, honoring both Confederate and Union soldiers. The place is beautiful (I have been like, 15 times). Gettysburg and Stones Ferry were next. This was pretty popular too.


In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed the act creating the National Park Service. Known as the Organic Act, this act would provide funding for the NPS. In 1933, the Military Sites and the NPS where merged.



To celebrate the impact of the National Park Service, in 2016, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the park, the US Mint, pre-Ryder, released a suite of coins, honoring the cultural and natural impact of the NPS. The gold 5 dollar, however, recognizes the men who made it happen, John Muir and Teddy Roosevelt, whose faces are super imposed over a motif of Yosemite's Half Dome.

Thanks everyone!




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Guess the Song Lyrics: Last Time: Blue- Eiffel 65


I get up and nothin' gets me down
You got it tough, I've seen the toughest around
And I know, baby, just how you feel
You got to roll with the punches and get to what's real

Ah, can't you see me standin' here
I got my back against the record machine
I ain't the worst that you've seen

Ah, can't you see what I mean?

Comments

Longstrider

Level 6

Nicely done. A state on my to visit list. Thanks.

Kepi

Level 6

Nice blog on a great State! You show some beautiful coinage! I love my Gold piece of the 100th Anniversary of the National Parks! ; )

Long Beard

Level 5

The song of my high school graduating class! Jump. Never wore the parachute pants though.

Long Beard

Level 5

Montana is a beautiful state. Or so the western quarter, which I came in from North Fork Idaho to Missuola then back to Coeur d'alene and Washington State.

slybluenote

Level 5

Thanks for posting this information and sharing your pictures. That's also a very nice set of commemorative coins also!

Mike

Level 7

I had the pleasure of going to Helena the capital . Went to an old Jail. Right out of a John Wayne movie we were putting a show on off Broadway.. Now I don't know if I'm spelling this right but an actress named Myrna Loy came from there. I'm not that old. They had slot machines everywhere. Gas stations restaurants shopping center. The only bad part you have to waite for the clouds to go before the plane took off. Thanks for bringing back the memories.

Golfer

Level 5

Very nice history lesson and information. Nice quarter.

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