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No American myths move us more than tales of the west. Little remains of that frontier today, but Montana still reminds us there are places where the horizon pushes endlessly before us, seemingly forever. Montana Land for Sale is an investment in a personal manifest destiny.
Montana is enormous, a world festooned with wild rivers, rangelands, and endless stretches of grass, broken only the peaks that give the Big Sky state its name – for the Spanish word for “mountain” is “montaña.” Montana’s rugged landscape is a place where the very names of the rivers and the mountain ranges conjure up memories of a time when man and nature had a far more intimate relationship: the Crazy Woman Range, the Beartooth Mountains, Hell Creek, and the Blackfoot and Bitterroot Rivers. There are tall passes of the Rocky Mountains in the west and the lonesome high plains to the east; Glacier Park with its native bears and the trout streams near Livingston; a somber sunset over the battlefield at Little Big Horn and the perfect powder skiing by Kalispell.
The cities of Montana are relatively small, but rich in history. Missoula, the wild logging town turned center for arts, commerce, and education. Helena and Great Falls, hugging the eastern front of the mountains where Merriwether Lewis and William Clark once led the Corps of Discovery. Butte, once the site of the greatest copper mines in the world, now a city of restored historic homes and businesses. Billings was a cow town before gas and oil reshaped its economy. Bozeman is the gateway to Yellowstone Park. Despite its isolation, Montana has never been uncultured. Once, every town boasted an Opera House; today the Missoula Valley is a Mecca for writers, photographers, and actors, bored with California.
Montana is a place of extreme seasons. Winters can be brutal with whiteouts, blizzards, and wind chills of forty below zero. Summers may be scorching, especially on the plains. People who live in Montana come to savor the extremes, sitting on the porch in late July, watching as a storm blows a hundred miles across the Breaks before rending the quiet of the afternoon sky with fireworks and pounding rain.
Montana’s economy is firmly tied to the land with agriculture accounting for much of the state’s wealth. Farmed crops include wheat, barley, and sugar beets, while ranching centers on sheep and beef cattle. With a total state population of fewer than one million people, Montana’s unemployment rate has remained well below the national average even during the present recession. An excellent education system, with outstanding state colleges in Billings, Bozeman, and Havre plus a world class university in Missoula, contributes to a stable workforce and rising per capita incomes. Bordering three Canadian Provinces, Montana’s potential as a center for international trade is very real. And tourism continues to bring millions of visitors to the State both for winter sports and summer explorations of the National Parks.
Montana remains a place where work and risk are rewarded, and individuality is prized. Property values in the Missoula region and the tourist areas of western Montana escalated substantially before the current recession, and are likely to rise again with the recovery. Property values in other areas of the state have long represented a bargain for the savvy buyer. Around Great Falls growth in cross border trade with Canada may be of particular interest to those looking at the future potential of the Big Sky State. Montana Land For Sale is a down payment on a big dream. The only real question is: are you big enough to dream it?