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Marble Mountain (county)
County
Seal of Marble Mountain (county) Flag of Marble Mountain (county)

Country United States United States
State Canifrina
Government
Type County Board
Mayor Twodol LaRstwenty
City Attorney Elizabeth Jackson
City Controller Robert Williams
Territorial repartition
City 79.28 km² (24.16%)
Rural land 190.02 km² (55.87%)
Water 64.70 km² (19.97%)
Topography
Average elevation 357 m (1,171 ft)
Highest elevation 1140 m (3801 ft)
Lowest elevation 0 m
Population
Population 989,541
Density 1,312/km²
Demonym(s) Marble Mountian, Marble Mountaneer, Marblonian
Time Zone Canifrina Standard Time (UTC-8.5)

Marble Mountain is a county in Canifrina, United States. Marble Mountain is the third largest county in Canifrina, after Arrowhead County and Springwood County. It's notably famous for, and named after Marble Mountain. The county's county seat in Montana City. With many banks and the Marble Stock Exchange, the city serves a trade centre for Northern Canifrina. The area of Marble Mountain has been inhabited since pre-colonial times and the county was officially formed in 1848.

Marble Mountain's territory covers part of the Northern Coast in Canifrina. The area is a combination of northern coastal scrub and coastal grassland. The coastal side of the city is very flat and fertile, which has helped agriculture in the region. Up to the 1900s, Marble Mountain was comprised of scattered farming towns, but has grown explosively since then. With its growing trade centre and a thriving industrial sector just outside the Montana City, Marble Mountain has continued to grow throughout the 20th and 21st centuries.

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This map will show all the roads and infrastructure that is complete and under construction in the future. New live imagery helps to keep up with the latest construction updates in Marble Mountain County with existing roads, freeways, highways, and so much more is here. Since 2006, Marble Mountain has partnered with Google to provide the images seen on this map.

History

Pre-colonial period

Marble Mountain marked the end of the Chupña tribe's territory. The area was called "Alawin Kahnut", meaning "The White Mountain". A small settlement near the coast, called the "Alawin Ulo", meaning "The White Beach", was situated near the modern-day city of Montana. The settlement inhabited around 30 people, who guarded the northern territories.

Viking Era

Starting in the 850s, a group of Vikings called the Jutlanders who originated from northern Denmark and the Swedish west coast, fled a violent rival gang towards the west coast. After reaching Lake Superior the Jutlanders continued West by traveling by rivers and lakes. At the end of the 10th century, the first Jutlanders landed Chupña territory. In 1098, a settlement was founded on the banks of the Montana river, near the modern-day town of Copper Falls. In 1099, the Jutlander discovered the Chupña people. Fearing combat, the Jutlanders decided to continue onward without making contact with the tribe. The group set off towards the Pacific Sea. After reaching the sea, the Jutlanders travelled south, landing at Springwood in summer 1100. There the Jutlanders settled an area on the coast, forming the first permanent Viking settlement and making contact with the three tribes of Springwood.

Spanish Period

Luis Carballal, a Spanish-born explorer, claimed the area of southwestern America for the Spanish Empire in 1542 while on a hobby exploration trail moving north along the Pacific coast from earlier colonizing bases of New Spain in Central and South America.

In 1798, a group of Spanish settlers from China (then called Fuenteverde), landed on the banks of Rio Blanco. The group named the area "Montaña Blanca", meaning "White Mountain". Construction of the Cimoligist first mission in the area was finished in 1800 and the first trade route between Montaña Blanca and Springo del Madera was opened in summer 1801.

Mexican War for Independence, 1810 to 1821

When the Mexican War for Independence started in 1810, a group of Spanish soldiers landed in Montaña Blanca. The Spanish recruited all able-bodied men in the town and started construction on a defensive fort. Although the fort was built out of limestone, the area was named "Montaña de Mármol", meaning "Marble Mountain", as early revolutionaries confounded the white appearance of the grand limestone mountain as marble. Whilst no marble was ever found in the region, the name remained, as it incentivised migration to expand the town's population and recruit more soldiers. The fort was finished in fall of 1811. By 1812, the town had a population of around 3,000 civilians and 1,200 soldiers.

After occupying Springo-Madera in 1813, local revolutionary Pablo Gonzáles continued with his troops towards the north. In February of 1814, the group settled in the Santa Ynez mountain range, waiting for winter to pass before attacking the fort. A Mexican invasion force, led by General Andrés Vallejo arrived at Gonzáles' settlement in May. Armed with Mexican cannons, the troops assaulted the fort. The Battle for Montaña de Mármol lasted for 6 days. On the 16th of May 1814, the Spanish were forced to surrender. Reconstruction of the town began immediately, with the fort being rebuilt in just 9 weeks. In 1818, a small force of Spanish soldiers attempted to land in town but was quickly defeated by the defensive force garrisoned within the fort. With the treaty of Springo-Madera in 1821, the town of Montaña Blanca was officially in Mexican control. The area was named Alta Canifrina and the town was renamed to Montaña de Mármol.

Canifrina Republic

By 1846, around 400 Americans had immigrated into Mexico, hoping to own, and farm land. The Mexican government co-operated at first, selling land to the immigrants. With the Mexican-American War breaking out April of 1846, all commerce with the Americans was ceased. In June 1846, 33 American immigrants in Alta Canifrina rebelled against the Mexican government. With covert help from U.S Army Captain Thomas D. Hays, the immigrants were able to conquer the fort of Montaña de Mármol. The Mexican flag in the fort was replaced with a flag, which featured an image of a grizzly bear and the text: "Canifrina Republic".

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On July 5th, 1846, Captain Hays arrived in Montaña de Mármol. The estimated 150 soldiers of the Republic and 130 from the 1st Canafrinan Creoles were integrated into the U.S Army Canifrina Battalion. The Mexican settlers, who feared a long bloody battle with the Americans, told them that they would concede if and only if the Americans could march their flag up to the top of the tallest nearby peak and place it while simultaneously warning them that the land is unforgiving to intruders and saying that they were exempt from this because their lineage had been mixed in with the original settlers. the Americans agreed and made a haphazard attempt to scale the mountain on foot. Of the 63 men that were fit enough to make the trek only two made it to the top (LT. Jacob Ford and CDR Sarnelli Fauxtraught), with the other 61 perishing along the way due to varied causes. The Canifrina Republic ceased to exist on July 9th when U.S Navy Lieutenant Jacob Ford replaced the flag of the republic with the United States flag at the top of mount Marble. LT. Jacob Ford was killed later on that day descending the mountain when a wildcat attacked while he slept.

With the war ending in 1848, the town was officially renamed to Montana and the county of Marble Mountain was formed.

American Pre-WW2 period

After the war, the county remained small, according to the first Canifrina Census in 1851, the county had a population of 3,856. In 1848, gold was discovered near Springo del Madera. The gold rush expanded to Marble Mountain in 1849, but no gold was found in the river. With the gold rush ending in 1850, around 800 immigrants stayed in Marble Mountain. Most of the immigrants settled in the area by the river, near the lake. The new settlement was named Copper Falls. The rush brought a great amount of wealth into the county, which was used to fund major improvements in the area. In May of 1852, construction of the Sierra Verde logging camp was finished. The Marble Mountain Harbour was completed in 1854, which soon became an important port for the export of construction materials on the West Coast.

In 1860, the city had grown to a population of an estimated 4,200. During the U.S Civil War, men from the town were enlisted into the 88th Springwood Infantry Regiment, which saw limited action in the West. The unit has gone through many reorganizations and Montana is now host to B Co 88th Infantry, Canifrina National Guard.


In 1892 Chinchilla was incorporated when Sir William Henry invested $1.5 million in a small oil burning power plant the plant, by the newly formed Tesla Oil and Electricity Company. This oil power plant and surrounding development led to the population growth of (desert town name), eventually becoming the fourth largest town in Marble Mountain county at its peack in the early 20th century. Oil production started off by boring in the lake which then was brought to the plant, refined and burned in steam turbines to generate electricity; and subsequently distributed throughout much of Canifrina. Some of the oil was not used for electricity, but rather refined into lube oils, petrochemicals and transport fuels. Most of the land in and around (desert town name) was and still is owned by the Wickles family who founded the Tesla Oil and Electric Company, with the current owned being Mr. Wallace Wickes who has a net worth $700 million (USD). However, the plant was hit by the Wall Street Crash of 1929 which eventually led to the demise of oil production in the region. (desert town name) was especially hit hard by this with most industry closing down, followed by a mass exodus of its population which it has not recovered from.

In 1889, oil was discovered in Springwood, but drilling could not begin on Native American lands. Before the tribe could be relocated, many entrepreneurs started to look elsewhere in the state. In 1901, oil was found near the Marble Mountain. The county board took note of the discovery and started selling the land for the highest bidder. In summer of 1901, it seemed like the Volcanion Oil Export company would win the auction for just $500. But on the 6th of April, it was revealed, that the company had bribed officials so that they would not accept any more bids. On the 18th of August, 1901, the land was sold for the Watson and Son Company for $7,000. This started the Oil Boom of Canifrina, which brought a great wave of investments in oil drilling, refining and marketing to the state.

By 1900, the town had grown to approximately 25,000 inhabitants. With the Great Springwood Fire in 1902, around 5000 people sought refuge in the towns of Marble Mountain. The oil boom had also attracted railroad investors, and a link to the city from Sacramenta by the Arrowhead and Western railway was completed by 1904. Montana Central Station was completed in early 1906. Commuter service into the station and the Western Speeder started operations into the station on the 1st of June, 1906. The railroad speeded Montana's ascent to the major city of the region. The Cedar Valley Northern railroad began operating its Cooper Limited into Montana in 1911.

During this time, other industries also expanded because of the new rail connection. The Copper Falls Mining Company ramped up production, and companies such as Verde Valley Pulp and Paper and the Sierra Oak Logging Co-op expanded operations.

During World War 1, Montana was a major shipping harbor and goods manufacturing center for the war effort. After the war multiple organizations for youth were founded including the Marble Mountain Boys Scout Organization and more.

Unfortunately, Montana was hard hit by the stock market crash of 1929.

During the stock market crash schools, commercial businesses, and hospitals shut down due to debts and the reduced spending of people hard hit by the collapse of stock. Due to this, a revolt began to release a local millionaire from jail to help the greater regions make it through the stock market crash of 1929. The civilian militia were surprisingly led by attorney general Hudson Hewitt. They assaulted the police headquarters in Monata and laid siege to the county jailhouse for almost two weeks. With little police presence, businesses in the area were looted. The militia was stopped and arrested by federal forces. A federal court sentenced Hewitt to death for being the ringleader.

In the 1930s, several major public works projects were completed, including the Montana Bay Bridge. Plans for the highways that are now I-80 and it's business loop began around this time by famed city planner Donald Sesmo.

WWII

When the war began in 1941, Marble Mountain county saw a massive surge in transportation and industry, as it was designated a 'port of national importance' by the federal government

American Post-WW2 period

Marble Mountain saw limited action in the Second World War. After war broke out in Europe, plans were made to repair and use the old fort as part of a defensive line across the West Coast. As the war continued towards Asia, these plans were never put into motion. The old fort was mostly demolished in 1951 with only one of the towers left standing.

In 1955, the Copper Falls Mining Company in Copper Falls went bankrupt. Unemployment in the town rose to 61%. Infrastructure was left abandoned and up for sale. The coastal port and train yard was bought by Arrowhead and Western who later sold it to Jessies Sugar Company for use in a new factory.

Construction on the downtown highways began in 1958 after funding was received from the federal government via the National Interstate and Defense Highways Act.

By 1960, the population reached 100,000. In 1962, Montana was now officially the City of Montana. In 1966, a magnitude 7.1 earthquake occurred in Canifrina. The earthquake damaged buildings and infrastructure, which caused a blackout. Most of the damage in Marble Mountain was centralized in Downtown Montana, specifically at the Montana Central Station, where the old building's roof collapsed. The debris fell on to the platforms, crushing 3 trains, killing 24 and injuring 218. The old station was deemed unsafe and was completely replaced with a new, smaller station, which opened in 1969. However, the new facility saw problems with the decreasing amount of traffic routed through it.

In 1961, the Berlin Wall went up, and with it, German protests. In Marble Mountain, a large number of German people, whose families escaped Germany before Hitler came to power in 1933, started protesting in the centre of the city. Their goal was to raise the attention of the wall being put up to the federal government. After 2 weeks, the protests gained 20,000 people in support. The Canifrinan government said that they would raise the issues to the federal government. After President George F. Nedyken said that no retaliatory action would be taken against the construction of the wall in September of 1961, the protests eventually dwindled.

1970s-90s - Decline and Rebirth

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From the 1950s to the 1970s, the county had enjoyed wealth, growth and a moderate amount of tourism. But in 1979, the Hot 79's hit Canifrina. A recording-breaking drought caused water shortages in Montana, shutting down of industry and fires in the nearby forests. During the span of heatwave, American Independence Day was not celebrated at all due to the water crisis, and temperatures reached up to a record-breaking 41°C (105.3°F), resulting in 18 deaths from severe heat stroke. Hospitals were filled with patients suffering dehydration and heatstroke. Economic growth and tourism was almost completely stagnant for around three months.

Manufacturing in Montana and Marble Mountain, in general, had been slowing down ever since the 1960s, but the trend began to accelerate in the 1970s. Factories and warehouses on the waterfront near Downtown began to shutter, and the shutdown of manufacturing in other regions of the county (such as the Verde Valley Pulp and Paper mill in Sierra Verde) also took a hit on the region's economy. Corruption and ineptitude under Mayor Mancole Olds led the City of Montana to enter bankruptcy for a short period in 1978. The default of the Spaulding Tool and Die company in 1979 (the largest factory in the region) almost made several regional bank collapse.

In 1972, the Springwood SWAT raided a pub owned by an Irish gang called "The Mob". The gang's leaders were imprisoned, but many of their followers fled the city. In May of 1973, graffiti displaying the words "The Mob's back" started appearing on the streets of Montana. After a robbery and double homicide in June, an investigation was started to track down the gang. The gang's criminal activity continued in the city for 5 years. In 1978, police tracked the gang to another Irish Pub, called the Shamrock, where the gang's leaders were arrested.

During the 1980s, illegal drug sales were on the rise. The usage of crack cocaine and heroin was at an all-time high. In 1982, the county board started the "Clean Streets" program, which aimed to arrest the dealers and rehabilitate the users of narcotics. After a successful raid on an abandoned factory, repurposed as methamphetamine and crack lab, the amount of drug-related crimes started to decline.

By 1985, Montana City's reputation had reached a low point. Drug crimes were still common and the city had high poverty, massive debts and a stagnant economy.

In 1987, large redevelopment programs were started. Hoping to attract big companies, the county board and city council started selling land in Downtown for only $1. The economy in Marble Mountain took a sudden turn when the Anzus Banking Corporation bought the land for a new branch. After the branch was opened in 1987, the county's economy started transitioning from extraction to financial services. The trend continued, with more banks opening within Downtown Montana City. Some of the country's burgeoning technology industries also opened offices in Montana, including Nerdrosoft Studios, which opened branch offices in Downtown Montana in 1992.

The Victor Hills massacre of 13–14 March 1996 was a mass shooting in which 35 people were killed and 23 wounded in the Old Victorian's Shopping Market. Fundamental changes in gun control laws within Marble Mountain followed the incident. The case is the most notable massacre in the modern history of Canifrina.

In 1998 the city of Montana was rocked by the Chester Hill gas explosion, which had massive economic effects on the city and county.

Modern Times

Marble Mountain's economy started growing rapidly in the 2000s. The closure of Montana City Prison, and the opening of the new Marble Mountain Correctional Facility. The growth of the financial sector brought in great wealth for bankers and economists. This increased the economic division in the county. The income rates between the wealthy, mostly white community and the poor, mostly black and Hispanic community was high. In 2006, Montana City's new mayor Jonathan Brown started a program to attract and grow the industrial sector in Marble Mountain. The plans included the Stockton industrial area, which was constructed to house new industry. A few of Marble Mountain's biggest companies, for example, the Central Canifrina Construction company and Marble Furniture built warehouses in the area. By 2007, these investments had lowered the unemployment rate in Marble Mountain to only 1.3%. Mayor Brown even saved the county's economy from recession in 2006. In 2009 the population was 618,890, in 2012 the population was 789,983 people, the employment rate went up and the poverty rate went down. The housing prices went down during the recession between 2009-2013. The crime rate went up by 1.6%.

Recent Incidents

February 2005 polar vortex

In February 2005, a polar vortex swung south into the USA from Canada. During this time, record snow and low temperatures were recorded. On Marble Mountain, wind and snow brought the temperature at the peak from -36°F to -51°F. At 5:26 AM on February 1, a tractor trailer carrying wheat for Transgrain jackknifed on eastbound I-80, resulting in a pile up that included 26 cars and trucks. Due to conditions and to prevent further accidents, the Canifrina DOT elected to shut down US-101 and I-80 for a period of two days until conditions improved.

2006 Marble Mountain Airplane Crash

Main Article: Fluxtransport Flight #543 At 3:19 AM, on January 18, 2006, Fluxtransport Flight #543 pushed back from gate D41 at FBS Airport . The plane had 258 Souls on board. In the cockpit was 54 year old Jake Lewis, 26 Year old Irene Locus and 27 year old Alex Koppen. At 3:39 AM, the flight was cleared for takeoff on arrival at Runway 5. Once the plane was in air, F/O Locus set the autopilot. At 9:01 AM, with the temperature at only 2 F, 31 Miles NW of Marble Mountain, F/O Locus went to rest, and relief officer Koppen took over. At about 9:20 AM, while over Copper Falls, the engines caught fire due to ice ingestion. By the time the pilots noticed, the engines exploded , causing the plane to lose control and bank right towards Marble Mountain. The plane crashed into Marble Mountain at 9:33 AM at 770 miles per hour. Swiss Airlines Flight 95, which was in the vicinity, told nearby Springwood ARTCC (Still open) that they saw an airplane crash into the Mountain 10 miles to their 12 o'clock. Many more pilots confirmed this event. The sleepy town of Copper Falls was immediately woken up by a loud thud, followed with a fireball. Witnesses said that what seemed to be either a KLM or Fluxtransport A330 slam into the mountain. The air temperature around the mountain was said to have risen from -8 F to 33 F. All 258 on board perished instantly.

Financial crisis of 2007-2008

The financial crisis was a disaster for Marble Mountain. The rural areas of the county were hit very hard. In some areas, unemployment hit 20%, a 50 year high. Montana was the least devastated from the crisis. Unemployment only rose to 4,5%, which is less than in the country-side. HSBC bought out the Bank of Montana to save it from collapse. The agricultural sector saw sales drop to 25-year lows and as a result, many farmers had to close their farms. In late December of 2008, the federal government had introduced subsidies for farmers. This measure helped a bit but didn’t end the crisis, and the sector continued to struggle until late 2010. Another sector that was affected was the energy sector. During those hard times, even the central Montana warehouse was very empty due to lack of shipments. This meant local industries had a hard time running and goods provided by them were available in little numbers.

2013 Derailing Incident

On the 15th of March in 2013, an Arrowhead and Western freight train carrying local products derailed in the suburb of Arcadia in front of dozens of spectators. The train's engine was an FK 56-71 Engine and was the first time the engine was used in North America. Due to a significant error in the design of the train, its braking mechanism became jammed as it exited the Port. The train maintained a speed of 48 mph, a speed deemed too high when turning at Port Junction - as the train reached the junction, the driver attempted to use the emergency brakes, but these also failed, and the train derailed, killing 3 and seriously injuring 15. After this and another incident in Springwood, the FK56 series of engines was immediately pulled from service and has never since run again.

2014 Earthquakes

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A collapsed portion of a highway caused by the 2014 Earthquakes.

At 8:32 AM on the 12th of February 2014, a magnitude 6.2 earthquake hit just north of the town of Copper Falls. The earthquake hit during the morning 'rush hour' in the region, with many commuters experiencing delays due to the trains being stopped during the event. There were 3 fatalities and over 50 reported injuries. There was total of 212 buildings damaged. In the days following the earth quake, the owner of the Raymond's Pet Store franchise divided exactly 1 million dollars to give to the city and grieving families affected by the disaster. The Marble Mountain Seismology Department was created in response to the earthquake. Previously, the city had relied on data from Springwood, which had not had the resources to monitor all of Marble Mountain.

Geography

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The Desert.
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River Bridge.

Marble Mountain is the third largest county in Canifrina. The county's county seat is Montana, which is located on the Pacific coast. Nearby cities include the state capital Sacromenta to the east, Springwood to the south and Cedar Valley to the north.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the county's total area is 324 square kilometres. This land is divided into 259.3 square kilometres of land area and 64.7 square kilometres of water.

The county's highest point is the peak of the mountain bearing the same name. At a height of 1,140m (3,801 ft), Marble Mountain is also the highest peak of the Santa Ynez mountain range

Marble Mountains refer to their county's terrain as "the plains", "the desert", and "the mountains". Before the waves of gentrification in the 2000s, these terms also symbolized the city's economic divide, with "the desert" meaning poorer areas, while "the plains" and "the mountains" referred to wealthier areas.

Marble Mountain is located next to the fault line between the Canifrinian plate and the Pacific Plate. This means that has a high number of Earthquakes, with the last major event in 1966.

Communities

Name Type Population
Montana City 876,173
Copper Falls City 22,433
Sierra Verde Town 2,152
Sabine Town 879
Lakeland Springs Town 356
Chinchilla Town 277
The Crossings Town 105

Climate and Vegetation

Marble Mountain has a warm-summer Mediterranean climate (Csb after the Köppen climate classification) with an average of 320 sunny days per year. Generally, the city features warm, dry summers and mild, wet winters. The temperature rarely drops below 0°C (32°F).

The record high was 115°F (43°C) in Chester on July 4, 1999.

The record low was -9.5°F on Marble Mountain on February 12, 2005.

The record amount of snow was 56 inches, also on Marble Mountain, on February 1, 2005

Marble Mountain's mountainous areas have higher rainfall, which supports woods of oak, grey pine, fir and small groves of redwood. The sunnier, flatter areas of the county are covered in scattered oaks and shrubland.

The National Weather Service has an official weather station in Marble Mountain. The station was established in 1971 and is located next to Montana Central Station.

Demographics

At the 2016 census, the county's population was 925,195, up from 899,143 in 2010. As of June 2020, that number is estimated to be roughly 989,541 people, Montana has 876,173 people. The census showed that Native American made up 5.6% of Marble Mountain's population, while 12.8% were born overseas. The largest groups of people born overseas at Mexican (22.8%) and Chinese (12.4%). Other significant sources are Argentina, Canada, Ireland, Italy and South Korea. Most locals speak English at home (70.9%). Other languages include Spanish, Mandarin and Korean. The growth rate of the county is 32.5% per year.

Racial composition 2016 1996 1976
Non-Hispanic White 42.5% 36.7% 62.6%
Black or African American 24.0% 15.6% 21.2%
Hispanic or Latino 23.3% 17.9% 7.3%
Asian 12.8% 11.8% 4.4%
Australian 1.4% 14.8% 4.5%

Infrastructure

Transportation

Roads, bridges, tunnels

Marble Mountain County is served by numerous highways and freeways:

  • US Route  101  Traverses Montana from North to South, along the pacific shoreline
  • Interstate   80   Heads east from southwestern Montana and connects the city to the town of Copper Falls and the rest of Califrania
  • Interstate   80   (Business Spur) Heads from the highway junction in eastern Montana through downtown to US-101
  • State Route  160  Runs from southern Montana near the junction of I-80 and US-101 north to the boardwalk, turning east and running along the river. This section was considered for a viaduct freeway before opposition protests made planners shelve the idea.
  • State Route  88  Runs southwest from I-80 through the township of Sierra Verde, pivoting westward to US-101
  • State Route  43  Runs north from I-80 along the east coast of Marble Lake to link up with an unsigned highway in the north of Montana County
  • County Route  CR M1  Follows the historic highway between downtown Montana to downtown Copper Falls, passing the train station and university along the way
  • County Route  CR M2  Is a short county route running from the exit off Business 80, under US-101 to the beach
  • County Route  CR M10  Is a short county route that parallels I-80 going west through a small town in the desert, continuing to a dead end on the south shore of Marble Lake.

The highways and freeways in the county are operated and maintained by the Marble Mountain Highway Authority.
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Montana City major interchanges:

Montana Bridge Interchange

  • Interchange between I-80 and US-101, just off of the US-101 connection with the double-decked Montana Bridge.

The Nesel

  • Tight Y-Intersection between the I-80 and Business 80, to the East of downtown, and the gateway to Montana from the north
Future Montana Plans

Future plans of a new interchange on the bridge interchange.

  • There are many requests to build a newly upgraded interchange on the connection between the I-80 and US-101 because of the hour-long waits on the way to the US-101 highway.

The project is now approved by city council.

Bridges and tunnels in Montana

Montana Bay Bridge

  • A distinctive landmark of Montana, connects US-101 across the Montana river.

Public Transit

Public Transit in Montana

Main article: Public Transit in Montana
Montana has a robust transit network, that is operated by the MPT. The network consists of three light rail lines, multiple bus routes, and a Central Downtown Station for rail connections.

Intercity Rail

Citylink operates The Western Surfliner into Montana Central Station.
Since 2015, a low-cost competitor to CityLink, MontanaRail, operates on the Western Surfliner tracks using its own trains.

Services

All major healthcare facilities in Marble Mountain are controlled by the Marble Mountain County Healthcare Administration. The county's biggest hospital is the Montana City Hospital operated by County of Marble Mountain in Downtown. Almost all medical transit is handled by Medshine Ambulance Services a private company based in Montana. Law enforcement services in the county are supervised by the Marble Mountain Sheriff's Office, which is overseen by the elected Sheriff and District Attorney. Police services in the city of Montana are served by the Montana Police department. The regional correctional facility is located outside of Sabine. Fire safety services in the county are provided by the Montana Volunteer Fire Department and the Copper Falls Volunteer Fire Department. Harbor and Lifeguard services provided by the Harbor Patrol. Major roads within the county are served by the Canifrina Highway Patrol. Aerial rescue and fire fighting services are provided by the Marble Mountain Rescue Helicopter Service.

Utilities

Marble Mountain Utility Authority provides water, sewage and regulates electricity. Natural gas is provided by Caltogas, while electricity is generated from Samson Renewables, Chinchilla power station or imported from other counties or interstate from the Canifrina electricity grid. Waste management is franchised to Marble Waste. Television, radio and telecommunication services in the county are provided by multiple private companies in accordance with the Telecommunications Act of 1996.

Economy

Marble Mountain's economy is driven by financial services, manufacturing and natural gases. As of 2020, the Montana Metropolitan Area within Marble Mountain has a GDP of $101.9 billion US dollars, ranking 35th among metropolitan areas in the US. In 2017, Montana was the among the best cities to start a career in, ranking second best in Canifrina after Springwood. Numerous companies in Springwood continue to expand in or migrate to Marble Mountain. The manufacturing sector has been steadily shrinking since the mid-1970s.

In the 2000s, Marble Mountain's economy and its population experienced rapid growth. After the development programs by Jonathan Brown's administration, new companies and homes in Montana started to boost the financial situation. As of 2019, Marble Mountain has the lowest unemployment rate of US cities at only 1.37%

Income per person People
$0.00-$15,000 1.4%
$15,000-$25,000 8%
$25,000-$35,000 20%
$35,000-$50,000 44.5%
$50,000-$70,000 15.1%
$70,000+ 11%

Richest Montanans

Culture

Media

Marble Mountain is served by multiple radio stations, which have existed since the short-lived run of the Canifrina Radio Company in 1946 and also served by multiple television stations as well. There are also several newspapers that serve the county, such as Montana Times-Observer, Serrano Valley News, and Desert Daily.

Marble Mountain Film Industry

The Film Industry in Marble Mountain has seen rapid growth since the 1990's. Today the Film Industry in Marble Mountain is worth a whopping $45 Billion (USD). Thousand's of movies have been taken around Marble Mountain County with many actors arriving from nearby Springwood. All the movies are produced then edited in the Montana Film Agency which is located in Downtown Montana. Marble Mountain County has various and spectacular locations for films to be taken like Plaquemine National Park, The iconic desert town of Chinchilla, Montana Downtown and finally the beautiful beaches of Montana. All these spectacular locations attract many filmmakers and companies to Marble Mountain. The Lord Mayor of Montana quoted 'Marble Mountain County's film industry has grown immensely and will keep growing, it is estimated that by 2030 the industry will be worth around $100 Billion (USD), therefore the Government of Canifrina have given us $2.5 Billion to grow our Film Industry even more'. The Marble Mountain Film Agency have partnered up with huge movie companies like Sony, Warner Bros and 20th century fox to produce even more movies. As we can see the Marble Mountain Film Industry is becoming quite prosperous year by year and will continue to grow for the next century or so.

Tourism

Tourism is an important part of the county's economy and plays a central role in promoting the region's continued growth.

Marble Mountain

Marble Mountain, the peak that gives the county its name, stands at 1,140 meters (3,801 feet) and draws in thousands of tourists each year to its numerous hiking trails with panoramic views.

Zoo

Marble Mountain Zoo is an Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) accredited zoological park located just outside of Copper Falls, acting as the main source of zoological education and wildlife conservation in the county.

Pier 3

Pier 3 is the oldest standing pier in Montana. It was built in 1849 to ship out gold that people were hoping to find in Montana around the time of the Canifrina Gold Rush. In 1960, Pier 1 and Pier 2 were demolished and modernized as waterfront properties due to their bad condition. Pier 3 remained, as it was the only pier that had remained active and stood in better shape. After the demolition of Pier 1 and Pier 2, the local building authorities vote to leave Pier 3 in its state as a cultural heritage site. In 2003, Pier 3 was refurbished into a museum and a restaurant. Pier 3 is located directly at the "unnamed" train stop at the Piers.

Pier 3 Seafood

Pier 3 Seafood is a go-to dining establishment for tourists and citizens alike. It primarily specializes in locally-caught seafood, but also boasts a menu of premium steaks and vegetarian options. In 2009, the restaurant received a Michelin star, which it has maintained to this day. The restaurant prides itself on sustainability and quality ingredients, which critics have often attributed to its success.

Pier 3 Museum

The Pier 3 Museum shows the history of the old Pier site and surrounding area. Within the building, visitors can view old photographs, ships, and documents from around the time of Montana's emergence as a regional population center. The museum also contains an aquarium dedicated to the fisheries that existed along much of the state's coast at the time the pier was constructed. As of 2019, the entry fee for the museum is $4.00 for adults and $2.20 for children and seniors. Admission to the museum is waived with a receipt of dining at Pier 3 Eats, as part of a collaborative effort between the two institutions to encourage tourism in the area.

Other Tourist Attractions

Another notable landmark which draws the attention of tourists is the Marble Bank Building; standing at 56 floors (606 ft), it is the tallest building in Montana as of its completion in 2008. The Hall of Its is also a notable attraction. Founded in 2017 and located in the town of Chinchilla, Marble Mountain, Canifrina, it is a small building with portraits of all the past and present actors who have played the role of the famous "It", the clown. No other place like it...

Sports

College Sports

The University of Montana Golden Lion is the university's mascot and well-loved character of the various college sports teams at the university. The University competes at NCAA Division I athletics for the following sports:

  • Football (Pioneer League) FCS
  • Big West Conference
  • Track & Field
  • Tennis
  • Soccer
  • Cross Country
  • Baseball
  • Softball
  • Basketball
Men's Basketball

The most impressive sport at the University of Montana Golden Lions has been Men's Basketball. Montana's men's basketball program has advanced to the NCAA tournament 14 times in its 42 years of existence, advancing as far as the final four one time in 2003 where the Golden Lions would lose to the eventual national champions- Syracuse in a game that would go into overtime in a Golden Lion lose 78-73. In their 13 other appearances, the Golden Lions have advanced to the elite eight once, the sweet sixteen once, and the round of 32 three times.

The Golden Loins' best overall season was 2004 when they finished the regular season 31-2 and ranked #13 in the country. They would get seeded as a 6 seed in the NCAA tournament, 2 seeds better than 2003 when they were ranked 8th and made it all the way to the final four, Their first-round matchup was against 11th seeded TCU where the Golden Bears took a halftime lead of 46-25 and never looked back, finishing the game with the final score of 82-53. Their second-round matchup would be against #3 Wisconsin in a game that would end in triple overtime with a score of 98-95 in favour of the Golden Lions. The last game that the Golden Lions would win during that NCAA tournament would be in their sweet sixteen games where they were able to defeat #2 Memphis 67-62. The following week their tournament run would come to an end against Gonzaga in East Rutherford, 81-62.

NCAA Tournament Appearances:

1982,1987,1996,1999,2009,2010,2013,2018

Round of 32 Appearances:

2002,2008,2016

Round of 16 Appearances:

2005

Round of 8 Appearances:

2004

Round of 4 Appearances:

2003

Men's Football

The UMON football team has competed in Division II as well as Division I FCS football. Division II from 2000-2004 and Division I from 2005-present. In their five seasons as a Division II team, they would go 3-23 in the first two and 35-6 in their final three seasons before moving up to Division I. UMON has now participated in 14 seasons in the Pioneer League where they've won 1 conference championship in their two appearances the conference title game. They would defeat San Deigo in 2017, 34-24 after losing to them the previous year: 42-21. UMON's record in Division I play is 104-92.

Conference Titles:

2017

Conference Appearances:

2016


Professional Sports Teams

Basketball

Football

Motorsports

The Marble Mountain Speedway is a 4 turn tri-oval asphalt track stretching 1.5 miles. Currently owned and operated by Spectrum Motorsports, the track is open 7 days a week and is home to the annual Marble Cup Series, Marble Auto Salon, and other yearly automotive events. Lap records, track history, and event details can also be found on the Marble Mountain Speedway page.

Law & Government

Government

Marble Mountain County is governed by the Marble Mountain County Board, led by a supervisor Two Dollars Twenty. The County Board is responsible for oversight and control of essential services in the county, while communities such as Montana City are responsible for more non-essential services. Services provided by the county include elections, law enforcement, jails, tax collection and public health. The county is also responsible for governing unincorporated areas, which are located outside the cities and towns.

The 2019-2020 Marble Mountain County Board is composed of five elected members:

The Board Supervisor is elected by the board. The supervisor presides all board meetings and appoints committees to handle work related to programs in the county. The election occurs every two years. The current supervisor is Governor Twenty; Governor Carson is vice supervisor.

Landmark Policies

2005 Gun Control Policy

Written by the Marble Mountain County Government, in 2005 a landmark gun control policy took hold which eventually reached the entire state of Canifrina. This policy enacted the following things;

  • All mechanisms of gunfire are to be immediately seized upon discovery
  • All guns including Semi-Automatic and Civilian Pistols are to be immediately outlawed in the county
  • The closure of all gun stores in the County.
  • Only exceptions to these rules are for military, police, and civilians with a Canifrinian Gun Licence, under the conditions that the civilian is tested, is to go through extensive training and receives a background check through the Sheriff of the county the civilian resides in, which takes a minimum of 2 years to get hold of
  • Suspicious vehicles entering metropolitan areas are to be inspected upon being called without the need for a warrant.
  • Police can legally search any property suspected of having weapons (within reason)

This policy was exclusive for the county (and the first of its kind) before being approved by the Government of Canifrina and enacted in the entire state. Although disputed by multiple members and committees of the public, especially those referring to the right to bear arms in the constitution, the law was accepted within 3 weeks statewide.

Knife Act of 2017

In response to a local crime spree in 2017, the government of Montana initiated the Knife Act of 2017. This act was extremely similar to the 2005 Gun Control Policy but modified to suit the needs of citizens and its purpose. It enacted the following;

  • When purchasing Kitchen Knifes or other similar products that can fatally wound someone, the purchaser must show his/her license that is under the state of Canifrina
  • The purchaser must not have any previous incidents with similar attacks
  • The purchaser must not have a history of mental illness that could relate to a future attack

Although ridiculed by multiple politicians, who claimed that the act was extremely insane and unneeded, the act passed with flying colours. This was the second bill protecting Marble Mountain citizens from weapons after the initiation of the Gun Control Policy 12 years earlier.

Military

Marble Mountain County is host to B Company 88th Springwood Infantry Regiment, Canifrina National Guard. B Company specializes in Mountain warfare and is trained in mountain rescue and riot control; maintaining a combined strength of 146 Soldiers available for National or State missions.

Political Overview

Marble Mountain County vote
by party in presidential elections
Year GOP DEM Others
2016 12.54% 80.06% 7.40%
2012 18.12% 78.69% 3.19%
2008 19.19% 78.52% 2.29%
2004 23.29% 75.18% 1.53%
2000 24.13% 69.36% 6.50%
1996 23.07% 65.77% 11.16%
1992 20.62% 63.04% 16.34%
1988 38.49% 59.28% 1.23%
1984 42.01% 53.48% 1.34%
1980 37.96% 48.30% 13.74%

Marble Mountain is known as a Democratic stronghold, matching voting tendencies of other cities in Canifrinia such as Springwood or Arrowhead Junction. The county has voted for the Democratic candidate in each US Presidential Election since 1932. Even in 1984 when the Republican nominee won the Canifrinan vote, the vote in Marble Mountain was won by a Democrat. This voting trend is often associated with the city's diverse ethnic makeup and young population. According to polling results, the city of Montana votes 75% Democrat, while the surrounding towns lean heavily Republican.