Montana is a western state defined by its diverse terrain ranging from the Rocky Mountains to the Great Plains. Its wide-open spaces include Glacier National Park, a vast wilderness preserve that passes into Canada. The park’s many snow-capped peaks, lakes and alpine hiking trails are showcased along its famed Going-to-the-Sun Road, stretching 50 miles.
The state’s name is derived from the Spanish word montaña (mountain). Montana has several nicknames, although none official, including “Big Sky Country” and “The Treasure State”, and slogans that include “Land of the Shining Mountains” and more recently “The Last Best Place”. Montana has a 545-mile (877 km) border with three Canadian provinces: British Columbia, Alberta, and Saskatchewan, the only state to do so. It also borders North Dakota and South Dakota to the east, Wyoming to the south, and Idaho to the west and southwest. Montana is ranked 4th in size, but 44th in population and 48th in population density of the 50 United States. The western third of Montana contains numerous mountain ranges. Smaller island ranges are found throughout the state. In total, 77 named ranges are part of the Rocky Mountains. The eastern half of Montana is characterized by western prairie terrain and badlands.
Much of Montana’s early history was concerned with mining, with copper, lead, zinc, silver, coal, and oil as principal products. Butte is the center of the area that once supplied half of the U.S. copper.
Fields of grain cover much of Montana’s plains. It ranks high among the states in wheat and barley, with rye, oats, flaxseed, sugar beets, and potatoes as other important crops. Sheep and cattle raising make significant contributions to the economy.
Tourist attractions include hunting, fishing, skiing, and dude ranching. Glacier National Park , on the Continental Divide , has 26 glaciers, 200 lakes, and many streams with good trout fishing. Other major points of interest include the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument, Virginia City, Yellowstone National Park , Fort Union Trading Post and Grant-Kohr’s Ranch National Historic Sites, and the Museum of the Plains Indians at Browning. To learn more about Montana click here
Goldsmith Gallery Jewelers
Growing up in the jewelry business and graduating from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) in 1987, Scott Wickam had acquired a breadth of knowledge about fine jewelry. After a handful of years teaching GIA students the art of jewelry design and creation, Scott made the life-changing decision to leave his position as an instructor and open his own fine jewelry retail location. With a mere ten custom, handcrafted pieces, Goldsmith Gallery Jewelers opened its doors in downtown Billings, Montana in April of 1990.
It didn’t take long for Goldsmith’s clients to appreciate the care, quality and expert service Scott built his growing business on. Transforming from a small downtown storefront to a stunning, 7,500 square foot, environmentally conscientious store, Scott continues to grow his business on these core principles. Goldsmith Gallery Jewelers has established itself as Montana’s fine jewelry destination for over 25 years. From innovative, custom creations, to highly sought-after designer brands and luxury timepieces, Goldsmith Gallery Jewelers takes pride in delivering exceptional service and jewelry for every customer.
Goldsmith Gallery Jewelers values our clientele and we welcome newcomers to stop by the store to meet Scott, his wife Kelly, and our exceptional sales team. Enjoy a refreshment while browsing dozens of designer collections and experience what makes our store different. Whether you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind diamond, designing and creating the jewelry of your dreams with our Goldsmith, or repairing a cherished family heirloom, we look forward to helping you through the process.
Goldsmith Gallery Jewelers… Nobody Does I Do Like We Do!
903 Shiloh Crossing Blvd
Billings, MT 59102
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