Bozeman, Montana


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Prior to United States incursions, the “Valley of the Flowers”, located in present day Montana, had been inhabited for thousands of years.  Indigenous people who lived there included the Shoshone, Nez Perce, Blackfeet, Flathead, Sioux, and Crow Nation.  However, the specific area in which Bozeman, Montana is now located, Gallatin Valley, fell primarily under the territory of the Crow Nation.

The first person from the United States to visit the area was William Clark (famous for the Lewis & Clark Expedition), who came in July 1806.  Clark’s party camped 3 miles east of what would become Bozeman, at the mouth of Kelly Canyon.  It wouldn’t be until 1863, when John Bozeman and his partner John Jacobs, would open the Bozeman Trail, part of the Oregon Trail, in the area.  Bozeman, along with Daniel Rouse and William Beall, platted the city of Bozeman in August of 1864.  Bozeman, Montana was later incorporated in April of 1883.

Today, according to a 2014 US Census Bureau report, Bozeman, Montana has a total population of 41,660 people.  Bozeman also serves as the county seat of Gallatin County and the principal city of the Bozeman, Montana Micropolitan Statistical Area.  The Bozeman, Montana Micropolitan Statistical area, according to that same estimate, has a population of 97,308 people.  This makes it the largest Micropolitan area in the state of Montana.

Bozeman, Montana serves as the headquarters for several well-known companies.  These companies and non-profit organizations include Newport/ILX Lightwave, Quantel USA, RightNow Technologies, Gibson Guitar Corporation (in the past), Simms Fishing Products, Greater Yellowstone Coalition, Human Resource Development Council (HRDC), and Eagle Mount.

The largest employer in the Bozeman, Montana area, however, is Montana State University – Bozeman.  Montana State University, which was established in 1893, is Montana’s largest land-grant university “and primary campus in the Montana State University System, which is part of the Montana University System.”  Montana State University offers bachelor’s degrees in 51 separate fields, master’s degrees in 41 fields, and doctoral degrees in 18 fields.  As of Fall 2015, Montana State University had a total of 15,688 students enrolled in its nine colleges, with 1,154 academic and 1,900 administrative staff as of Fall 2012.  Montana State University, in 2011-2012, had an endowment of $119,821,000.  The Montana State University Bobcats, who play in the Big Sky Conference of NCAA Division I, have 62 national titles to their names in various sports.

Bozeman, Montana offers many attractions including the Montana Arboretum and Gardens, the Museum of the Rockies, and the American Computer & Robotics Museum.  Bozeman and its surrounding environs have also been the filming sites for movies such as The Wildest Dream, A River Runs Through It, A Plumm Summer, Amazing Grace and Chuck, The Horse Whisperer, and Rancho Deluxe.

Bozeman, Montana also has an interesting Star Trek connection.  One of the writers for Star Trek, Brannon Braga, is a native of Bozeman, and this was likely the reason why – in the future Star Trek timeline – on April 5th, 2063 (as depicted in the Star Trek: Next Generation crewed-film Star Trek: First Contact – which Braga co-wrote with Ronald D. Moore), following Zefram Cochrane’s historic “warp flight”, Bozeman, Montana serves as the fictional site of Earth’s first contact with an alien species (the Vulcans).

Bozeman, Montana has been selected as a potential bid to host the 2026 Winter Olympics.

Own a small business in the Bozeman, Montana area?  Are you by any chance thinking about it?  These resources could prove beneficial to you:

Apply for a Business License in Bozeman, Montana

How to Launch a New Business in Bozeman, Montana

Bozeman, Montana Area Chamber of Commerce

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