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Judith Basin County, Montana

Montana was the last state to raise its legal drinking age to 21, doing so in 1987 after a federal law was passed that required all states to have a minimum drinking age of 21 or risk losing federal highway funding.
Judith Basin County, located in the state of Montana, has a rich and diverse history that spans centuries. The earliest inhabitants of the area were Native American tribes, including the Blackfeet, Crow, and Gros Ventre. These tribes relied on the region's abundant wildlife for sustenance and thrived here for thousands of years.

The arrival of European settlers in the 19th century brought significant changes to the region. In the mid-1800s, fur trappers and traders ventured into the area, attracted by the abundant wildlife and fertile land. The Lewis and Clark Expedition, in 1805, documented the area's natural resources, increasing interest in the region.

The county takes its name from the Judith River, which flows through the region. In 1883, the Great Northern Railway established a line through the area, leading to a boom in agricultural activities. The fertile soil of Judith Basin County proved ideal for farming, and settlers soon established ranches and cultivated crops such as wheat and barley.

The county was officially established in 1920, and Stanford became the county seat. Over the years, Judith Basin County has gone through economic ups and downs, experiencing the bust of the 1920s and the Great Depression that followed. Today, the county retains its agricultural heritage but has also seen growth in other sectors such as tourism and outdoor recreation, thanks to its stunning natural landscapes and proximity to national parks and forests.

This timeline provides a concise overview of the key events in the history of Judith Basin County, Montana.

  • 1880: The area is inhabited by Native American tribes, including the Blackfeet and Cree.
  • 1874: Lewis and Clark Expedition explores the region.
  • 1883: Gold is discovered in the Judith Mountains, leading to a rush of prospectors.
  • 1887: Judith Basin County is established.
  • 1895: Homesteading begins, attracting settlers to the area.
  • 1905: The Great Northern Railway reaches the county, encouraging further development.
  • 1920s-1930s: The Great Depression and drought hit the area hard, causing economic struggles.
  • 1940s-1950s: World War II and post-war boom bring prosperity to Judith Basin County.
  • 1975: The Nez Perce National Historic Trail is designated, passing through the county.
  • 1990s: Decline in agriculture and mining affects the county's economy.
  • 2000s: Judith Basin County focuses on diversifying its economy through tourism and alternative energy.