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Montana has seen many a historical conflict between white settlers and Native American tribes, including battles of the Big Hole and Rosebud. The gold frenzy hit in 1863, with a discovery near Bannack. Marcus Daly struck the world’s largest and purest copper vein in Butte, which was mined for the next hundred years.

In 1889 Montana became the 41st state of the Union. Though tourism began to sweep through the Rockies in the late 19th century, the boom didn’t really hit Montana until the 1980s. More than 25 years later the state’s tourist attractions are now the major backbone of the local economy.