On May 3, National Montana Day recognizes The Treasure State.

It’s difficult to know where to begin when it comes to the 41st state in the U.S.A.

If we look up, big sky country is there day or night. The northern lights dazzle and dance at night and during the day, an azure blue paints the dome above us. But, it’s also the Yellowstone region of the states known for the big sky, its geysers, hot springs, mountain views and the most entrances into the park.

Travel east and back in time to the June of 1876 and the Battle of the Little Big Horn. Visit Custer National Cemetery; learn about the people who joined in the battle that day.

It’s easy to become distracted in Montana. The breathtaking mountain views alone can make one forget why they left the room. Glacier National Park, for example, is a treasure worth seeing.Called the Crown of the Continent, one of its greatest natural resources is a dark night sky. https://www.nps.gov/glac/index.htm

One thing is for sure when it comes to Montana is its people. Whether you’re seeking dinosaurs, the history of Blackfeet or Nez Pierce, a real working ranch, the people of Montana are as genuine as the land they live on.


Join National Day Calendar® as we celebrate the 41st state to join the union. Explore the history and people of Montana. Follow the trails of the pioneers and visit all the treasures this great has to offer. Use #NationalMontanaDay to share on social media.

In 2017, National Day Calendar® began celebrating each state in the order they entered the union starting the week of Independence Day and ending with Hawaii. We highlight a small part of each states’ history, foods and the people who make up the state. There’s so much more to explore!

Jeannette Rankin – Politician – (June 11, 1880 – May 18, 1973)

In 1916, Jeannette Rankin became the first woman elected to Congress. She ran for office before most women could cast a ballot. However, Montana voted in favor of equal suffrage in 1914. As a suffragist, Rankin’s efforts factored considerably in the passing of Montana’s legislation and as Representative Rankin when Congress passed the 19th Amendment.

John Louis Clarke – Artist – (May 10, 1881 – November 20, 1970)
Elizabeth Davey Lochrie – Artist – (July 1, 1890 – May 17, 1981)
Gary Cooper – Actor – (May 7, 1901 – May 13, 1961)
Myrna Loy – Actress – (August 2, 1905 – December 14, 1993)
Dorothy Baker – Author – (April 21, 1907 – June 17, 1968)
Chet Huntley – Newscaster – (December 10, 1911 – March 20, 1974)
Martha Raye – Comic – (August 27, 1916 – October 19, 1994)
Minnie Spotted Wolf – Marine Corps Private – (June 20, 1924 -July 8, 1987)
Evel Knievel – Stunt performer – (October 17, 1938- November 30, 2007)
Jack Horner – Paleontologist – (June 15, 1946 -)

Ringing Rocks of Montana – Whitehall

Bleu Horses – Three Forks

Our Lady of the Rockies – Butte

Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center – West Yellowstone

Anaconda Smelter Stack – Anaconda

Blackfoot Pathways – Lincoln

Photo by Kevin Noble on Unsplash