Wheatland County Facts & Folklore
Harlowton is the county seat for Wheatland County, Montana. Located on the bluffs along the Wheatland River. The town was the
starting point for the Milwaukee Roads Electric line heading west of the mountains to the state of Idaho. The original settlement was
named Merino for the sheep and wool industry. The name was changed in 1900 to Harlowton for Richard Harlow's Montana Railroad.
The nickname fot he town is Harlo.
Judith Gap was named for the divide between the Big Snow and the Little Belt Mountains. The first settlement in the area was U-bet --
a crossroads and stage stop in the 1870s.
Two Dot sits in the shadow of the Crazy Mountains and is located 13 miles west of Harlowton. The town was founded by a man named
George "Two Dot" Wilson -- so named because of the brand he used on his cattle.
Between 1880 and 1890, the population of Montana grew from about 39,000 to nearly 143,000.
In 1890 the first hydroelectric dam was built in Great Falls.
In 1923 the Jack Dempsey-Tommy Gibbons world heavyweight championship fight is staged in Shelby.
NICKNAME: Treasure State -- Montana is also known as Big Sky Country; Land of the Shining Mountains; Mountain State;
Bonanza State and Headwaters State.
State Animal: Grizzly Bear
State Bird: Western Meadowlark
State Fish: Blackspotted Cutthroat Trout
tate Flower: Bitterroot
State Fossil: Duck-billed dinosaur (Maiasaura Peeblesorum)
State Gemstones: Sapphire & Agate
State Grass: Bluebunch Wheatgrass
State Tree: Ponderosa Pine
State Butterfly: Mourning Cloak