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Old 04-05-2008, 12:02 PM
 
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Does anybody know why MT is called Treasure State?
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Old 04-05-2008, 12:18 PM
 
Location: Spots Wyoming
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“Treasure State” refers to the importance of mining in Montana.
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Old 04-05-2008, 05:33 PM
 
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Elkhunter is correct, it refers to mining. The state motto (oro y plata) is Spanish for gold and silver, both of which were mined in relative abundance in the early days in Montana. Copper was also a important metal and the town of Butte, Montana is best known for copper production.

There are several ghost towns in Montana that were created during the gold rush in the 1800's and then were abandoned after the gold ran out. One, called Bannack, is now a state park. Lots of good information for your book if you choose to involve the ghost towns.
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Old 04-05-2008, 06:14 PM
 
Location: Spots Wyoming
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If your looking for abandon mines and ghost towns. I can probably help out quite a bit. Years ago I bought a map program for my puter. You know, the trip planner type. Well, low and behold, it shows towns that have been gone for 90 years. Still on my map. Problem is, I can't tell if it's a ghost town now or if there's say one or two residents. But it does show all the mines that have ever been filed. Kind of handy.

By the way. My brother was so impressed with this map program that he went out and bought the current version. Doesn't show half the towns that mine does. haha
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Old 04-06-2008, 02:55 AM
 
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What is the name of the program?
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Old 04-06-2008, 03:41 AM
 
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Door to door.
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Old 04-06-2008, 09:57 AM
 
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And to add to that, Butte is referred to as "the richest hill on earth" known for it's rich mining reserves....where Hillary and Obama visited just yesterday.
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Old 04-09-2008, 11:17 PM
 
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If you have ever been here (montana) you would know why it's called the treasure state.. ;-)
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Old 04-11-2008, 07:43 PM
 
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great answer melissa mower!! Montana has many many treasures!!
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Old 04-24-2008, 08:23 PM
 
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Montana is many thngs to many people! For me, its Big Sky Country.
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