By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (May 26, 2022) – In Issue 2022-095 of Steve Kovacs Fun with Maps, celebrate the formation of Montana and learn you can get caught “speeding” there now.

Big Sky Country

The Territory of Montana was formed on May 26, 1864.  It had a non-Native American population then of about the size of today’s Loveland, Ohio.

In 1852 gold was discovered at Gold Creek, Montana.  Then came the silver and copper prospectors.  All this hastened the formation of the Territory.  In contrast to the quick to riches crowd of yesteryears, today’s economy of Montana is based on agriculture, ranching and tourism.  

On a side note, people were drawn to Montana to experience no speed limits on expressways about 20 years ago, but that has disappeared and now there is 80 mph speed limit.  However, Germany still has no speed limits in sections of its famed Autobahn.

Here is Ruth Taylor White’s humorous pictorial map of Montana from 1938.

Pictorial of Montana – 1938 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

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