The First One of These Was Found In Montana
Montana is known for a lot of things, the list is long and storied. We have so much to offer that makes our state a very unique place to live. There are the two national parks, the mountains, rivers, and the people. Montana has the oldest Chinese restaurant in the United States. We are the only state with an official "Lullaby".
Montana Had a Part In Creating Jurassic Park
Montana also has a fascinating history. Some of our history has changed pop culture. If it wasn't for Montana there may never have been any of the "Jurassic Park" movies. Sam Neil's character "Alan Grant" was partially based on real life Paleontologist Jack Horner, who was born in Shelby, Montana, and once studied at the University of Montana.
Montana Had the First Tyrannosaurus rex Skeleton
The first skeleton of Tyrannosaurus rex was discovered in Montana. The American Museum of Natural History located in New York City, which has the skeleton on display, has this as their description:
The first skeleton of Tyrannosaurus rex was discovered in 1902 in Hell Creek, Montana, by the Museum's famous fossil hunter Barnum Brown. Six years later, Brown discovered a nearly complete T. rex skeleton at Big Dry Creek, Montana. The rock around it was blasted away with dynamite to reveal a “magnificent specimen” with a “perfect” skull.
Montana's Hell Creek Formation is Historic
The Hell Creek formation located outside Jordan, Montana has been designated as a National Natural Landmark by the National Park Service. The formation isn't only in Montana, it stretches over portions of North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming. For all of the things that Montana is known for, this just may be the coolest.