Montana Followed Meandering Path Toward Statehood (Part 1 OF 2)

Series: This is Montana | Story 6

Last updated 11/6/2023 at 7:07pm

Rick and Susie Graetz

Montana became a territory on May 26, 1864, Bannack, now a state park, became the first territorial capital.

Each of the United States of America – except the original 13, Texas and California – was first organized as a territory before achieving admittance to the Union as a state. Originating with the Ordinances of 1785 and 1787, the territorial system provided the expanding U.S. with a method to govern frontier areas until they gained sufficient population and economic maturity to qualify for eq...

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