Monday, November 10, 2014

The Songs of the Fifty States: Montana

(What is "The Songs of the Fifty States"?)

When the Land Belonged to God, by Montana "cowboy artist" C.M. Russell


Size: 380,800 km2 (4th)

2013 Population: 1,015,165 (44th)

Statehood: 1889 (41st).

American Human Development Index: 4.54 (39th)

Art Mecca: Montana doesn't have a large population, nor any large cities.  Not surprisingly, it's a little thin in the art museum department. But, the Montana Museum of Art & Culture at the University of Montana has a fairly robust roster of brand-name artists in its permanent collection: Rembrandt, Millet, Picasso, Chagall, and the like.

If you are going to make "MMAC" a highlight of your visit to the Missoula area, plan carefully: It's only open noon to 3 p.m. most days, and is closed both Sundays and Mondays.  Also it apparently doesn't really have a proper building of its own, and is spread out over a couple of UM buildings. 

Michael 5000's Montana

First Visited: September 7, 1993 (17th)
Most Recently Visited: August 7, 2013 (19th)

First Run In: August 6th, 2013 (12th)
Best Run:  5.75 miles, Great Falls, August 6th, 2013.

Have Admired the Visual Arts In: No (although Mrs.5000 has).
Have Geohashed In: Yes, three times.
Have Slept Overnight In: Yes.

Counties Visited: 21/56 (22nd)
% Complete: 37.5% (26th)

Mrs. 5000's Counties Visited: 26/56 (13th)
% Complete: 46.4% (21st)
Mrs.5000 First Visited: 1963 (1st)
Mrs.5000 Most Recently Visited: July 4, 2012 (19th)

Atlas of All Roads Travelled

There is technically quite a bit of Montana to the east of what is shown here.  I've never been in that part.   

Plans and Aspirations

I don't really have any Montana plans on tap, but it's only a few states away.

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