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Law Enforcement services are provided by the [[Montana Police department]] for the city and jurisdiction of Montana. Fire and Emergency services are provided by the [[Montana Volunteer Fire Department]] with mutual
Law Enforcement services are provided by the [[Montana Police department]] for the city and jurisdiction of Montana. Fire and Emergency services are provided by the [[Montana Volunteer Fire Department]] with mutual agreements with surrounding towns. The [[Harbor Patrol]] is a law enforcement entity that supervises and has jurisdiction of the Port of Montana and the water surrounding Montana. Medical services are provided by the [[Montana City Hospital]] which serves the region along with many smaller clinics.
Latest revision as of 21:30, 26 July 2020
Montana is the largest city and county seat of Marble Mountain, Canifrina, United States. Major West Coast city, A population of 876,173 makes Montana the third-largest city in Canifrina, after Springwood and the state capital Sacromenta. The city is also the 60th largest city in the US. The city is known for its financial sector as it serves as the financial center of Canifrina. The city was incorporated into the United States in 1848.
The city covers a wide area of fertile coastal grassland and oak woodland. The fertile land helped Montana grow as an agricultural city until the city would start to grow in the 1940s. In 1947 Montana was selected as the terminus of a new train service from Springwood. This along with multiple migrations due to natural disasters have helped Montana grow into the size it is today.
- 1 Map
- 2 History
- 3 Geography
- 4 Infrastructure
- 5 Demographics
- 6 Economy
- 7 Culture and Sports
- 8 Politics
- 9 Gangs
- 10 Crime
- 11 Services
- 12 Education
The earliest known inhabitants of the area of Montana are the members of the Native American Chupña tribe. As the nearby Marble Mountain marked the end of the tribe's northern territories, a guard post was established on the banks of the river near the modern-day area of Crescent. The settlement, known as "Alawin Ulo" (The White Beach), housed around 30 people who patrolled the northern border.
The first known landing in the area of Montana by Europeans was the 1098 landing of Copper Falls by the Jutlanders. The Jutlanders were a group of Vikings escaping a rival gang towards the Pacific Coast. After a year from the landing, the Jutlanders discovered the Chupña tribe. Fearing combat, the peaceful group fled the area, continuing towards the Pacific Sea and Springwood.
The first claim to the area was in 1542 by Luis Carballal, a Spanish-born explorer. Carballal was on an exploration trail moving north from already established colonies on the southern Pacific coast.
In 1798, the first permanent settlement by Europeans was established in the modern-day area of Montana. The group, led by captain Juan Coruña, landed on the banks of the river in July. According to the records by the captain, the group was attacked by the Chupña, which were quickly defeated. The actual events are unknown, but according to archeological findings, most of the inhabitants were killed in their village. This had led many to question the story written by the captain. The area was named "Montaña Blanca", meaning "White Mountain". The first Cimoligist mission in the new town was opened in 1800 and the first trade route from Montaña Blanca and Springo del Madera was opened in summer of 1801.
Mexican War for Independence, 1810 to 1821
By 1810, the town had grown into a moderately sized colony with 2,700 inhabitants. With the Mexican War for Independence starting in 1810, a detachment of estimated 800 Spanish soldiers landed in Montaña Blanca. The Spanish forces recruited all men in the town for the construction of a new defensive fort in the town. The construction of the fort was finished in fall of 1811. The fort was named "Montaña de Mármol", meaning "Marble Mountain" and was garrisoned with 1,200 troops. In addition to the troops, by 1812 the town's population had grown to around 3,000 people.
The first battle of the war in the area of Montaña Blanca was the Battle for Montaña de Mármol, lasting from the 10th of May to the 16th of May 1814. The battle was fought between local Canifrinian revolutionary troops, led by Pablo Gonzáles and the local Spanish troops, led by newly appointed general Juan Coruña. With the help of the Mexican invasion force, led by General Andrés Vallejo, the Mexican troops conquered the fort. Reconstruction of the town was started immediately, with the war-torn fort being rebuilt in just 9 weeks.
The second battle in the area was the invasion of the town by a small force of Spanish troops in 1818. 100 men landed on the banks of the river but were quickly defeated by the defensive garrison in Montaña de Mármol. The area of Montaña Blanca officially transitioned to Mexican control in 1821, when the treaty of Springo-Madera ended the war. The area was named Alta Canifrina and the town was renamed to Montaña de Mármol.
By 1846, around 400 Americans had immigrated into Mexico, hoping to own, and farmland. 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".
On July 5th, 1846, Captain Hays arrived in Montaña de Mármol. The estimated 150 remaining soldiers of the Republic were integrated in to the U.S Army Canifrina Battalion. 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.
With the war ending in 1848, the town was officially renamed to Montana and the county of Marble Mountain was formed. Being the biggest town in the area, Montana was designated as the county seat.
American Pre-WW2 period
After the war, the city's population remained small, according to the first Canifrina Census in 1850, the city had a population of 3,114. In 1848, gold was discovered near Springo del Madera. The gold rush expanded to Marble Mountain and Montana in 1849, but no gold was found in the river. With gold rush ending in 1850, around 800 immigrants stayed in Marble Mountain. The rush brought a great amount of wealth into Montana, which was used to fund major improvements in the town. 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 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, a local newspaper 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 town.
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.
American Post-WW2 period
Montana 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, the plans were never put to motion. The old fort was mostly demolished in 1951 with only one of the towers left standing per request of the Canifrina Historical Society.
In 1947, the Arrowhead and Western company started building a rail line, connecting Montana to Sacromenta. The original Montana Central Station was completed and The Pacific Surfliner started operating on the 1st of June, 1949. The train brought great amounts of wealth and immigrants into Montana. By 1960, the city's population reached 100,000. In 1962 Montana was officially renamed to the city of Montana.
After the successful formation of SCTA in Springwood County, the Marble Mountain County Board started planning the merging of all public transit companies in Marble Mountain County. The mergers started on March 1st 1962, when the Montana City Bus and Marble County Regional Bus companies were acquired into the new Montana Buslink and (regional bus system to be named) systems. The Johnson River Ferry Service was merged in August 1962, becoming the Riverbus service.
In 1966, an earthquake occurred in Canifrina. The earthquake damaged buildings and infrastructure, which caused a blackout. Most of the damage in Montana was centralized in Downtown, 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 station, which opened in 1969.
Construction of the City Circuit light rail line was finished in August 1968. To start the operations on the new tracks, M-Link was officially formed on October 1st 1968. The first tram service began on the 7th of October 1968. The plans for more tram lines were revealed in 1971. After budget cuts, the planners were forced to reduce plans to only one new line. The new Moore Line was opened in June of 1974.
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 heatwave, American Independence Day was not celebrated. Economic growth and tourism stopped almost completely.
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 sellers and rehabilitate the users of narcotics. After a successful raid on an abandoned factory, the amount of drug-related crimes started to decline. In 1982 Montana's tallest building to date was constructed, the Anzus Building was meant to be the new global headquarters for Anzus and its subsidiaries, but the bank fell into financial troubles before it could move in. The banking corporation finally relocated their global headquarters into the office tower in 2002.
By 1985, Montana City's reputation had reached a low point. Drug crimes were still common and the city had high poverty. 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.
In 1998 the city of Montana was rocked by the Chester Hill gas explosion, which had massive economic effects on the city and county. The supply of gas in the city was entirely cut, leading to problems in cooking, hot-water, and heating. The biggest impact for the city was the lack of electricity. As the county's only power station relied on the gas from Chester Hill, the electricity supply in the city shut down after reserves ran out. The import of electricity from other counties began immediatly but supply was lacking. Blackouts were common for the next 20 days as issues were fixed. The county had no power station until 2002, when the Flyers Ridge Wind Farm was opened.
Marble Mountain's economy started growing rapidly in the 2000s. 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%.
The city of Montana is bounded by the Montana River to the north, the Southern Edge Bowl interchange to the south, the Pacific Ocean to the west, and the Anatolia Mountains to the east.
Montana is served by multiple state and federal routes. Among these are Interstateand its corresponding Business Spur running east to west, US Highway along the coast, and State Route running along the river and through Stockton. Additionally, two County Routes are located in the city. County Route M1 runs from the Business Spur and past both the station and college, eastward to Copper Falls, following an old highway through the mountains. CR-M3 runs from the junction of the Business Spur and west, under the highway and to the beach.
Major Streets in the City:
Main Street- E/W City Center Boulevard- N/S Riverside Road- E/W University Avenue- N/S Industrial Park Road- N/S Chesterfield Pkwy- E/W Hillpeak Road- N/S
The meridian of Montana's block numbering starts Downtown where west of City Center it's "100 W" and east of City Center "100 E". And north of Main Street, "100 N" and south of Main, "100 S"
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.
At the 2016 Census survey, the US Census Bureau estimated the population at 801,186 up from 300,000 at the 2010 census. As of May 2020, the population is now at 1,872,511.
Non- Hispanic White- 59.7%
Black or African-American- 20.4%
Asian American- 6.3%
The citys econony has been growing since lately and new companies and housing developments have springing up in the area as well as new homes on the edges of the city. Montana's economy is at $118.6 million dollars it is the 33rd largest economy in the United States. During the 2000's the waterfront was revitalized, largely thanks to the Pye Family, this contributed to the economy, as well as new offices being built and new growth coming from the important freeways and shipping cargo to the port are large contributors also. Even thought the 2007-08 rescession made it worse, but the city haa recovered quickly and a new airport might be built sooner or in the near future. When the airport opens, the economy will skyrocket to a new level and more jobs will be available by then.
Culture and Sports
The culture of the city is the large jazz and instrumental culture and food is a part of the culture's scenario. Famous jazz saxophonist Bebop McMuffin is an example of the large number of musicians from Montana. The sports precincts are one of Califrinia's biggest. The sports teams are:
These sports teams are one of Montana's exciting things to do as fans cheer on for the teams that played in other cities such as Springwood and Sacromenta that has at their sports precincts. Hockey is also one of Montana's favourites. The hopes and dreams that teams have will present a good and prosperous future.
When Marble Mountain became a county in 1848, Montana was elected as the county seat. Official elections were first held in later that year. Two Dollars Twenty was elected as the first leader and has won an overwhelming majority in all 36 elections that take place every 5 years.
Multiple Gangs have called Montana home including:
Westlanders - Rivals of the Soldados. Known for multiple murder cases.
Most Wanted MC - A primarily African-American motorcycle gang. Suspected of arms trafficking and mass motor vehicle theft.
Castaways MC - A predominately Caucasian motorcycle gang. Suspected of the disappearances of young tourists.
Montana witnessed a sharp increase in crime during the 1970s and 1980 as buildings were abandoned and gang fights became a regular occurrence. The most notable gang was MM 22, and its mission was to takeover Marble Mountain with the end goal being Downtown. However, in the late 1980s and early 1990s, The city council and the county announced Clean Streets; a program that was intended to keep undesirables out of county and city borders. Prior to this, sidewalks and buildings were slathered with MM 22 logos and slogans indicating a planned takeover of Marble Mountain. In 1982, a high amount of people were homeless and addicted to a plethora of illicit substances. When the Clean Streets program was initiated in 1993, most of the graffiti was washed away, leaving the buildings in their former glamour.
In 1999, an empty cargo train exploded near Route 15, killing 16 people and injuring 24 others. Further investigation showed that two men installed 4 pressure cooker bombs inside 2 separate containers when the train stopped earlier at Copper Falls. The two men were arrested and sentenced to 42 years in prison, on counts of terrorism, trespassing, and manslaughter.
In 2000 a massive turf war started between the Rivales and the Soldados leading to the death of Mateo Soldado the leader of the Soldados. This occurred after the Rivales left the Soldados after the three years of all-out war they made peace and split Chester in half so they got equal turf. In the end, 5 police officers, 2 Citizens, and 43 gang members died in the conflict.
In 2001, protests turned into riots at the dock area. Most were about the lack of police forces, though some were about the school system. 51 people were arrested.
In 2002, 800 people took to the streets of Downtown Montana and lit up police cruisers and cars. Police called this 'Black Wednesday' and one of the worst riots in history. One group of protesters superglued themselves to the new light rail tracks and yelled out. " f the police." Officers arrested them and took them into custody. A day after that, twenty-three high school boy's planted bombs in multiple cargo containers. The bombs went off killing 23 people. They were all charged with manslaughter and sentenced for life.
According to recent crime statistics, Montana is now a relatively safe city compared to other cities of the same size.
Law Enforcement services are provided by the Montana Police department for the city and jurisdiction of Montana. Fire and Emergency services are provided by the Montana Volunteer Fire Department with mutual aid agreements with surrounding towns. The Harbor Patrol is a law enforcement entity that supervises and has jurisdiction of the Port of Montana and the water surrounding Montana. Medical services are provided by the Montana City Hospital and Medshine Ambulance Services which serves the region along with many smaller clinics.
Colleges and Universities
Montana is home to one University, The University of Montana.
The University Of Montana (UMON for short) has one campus in the Downtown/Crescent district of the city but runs partnership programs through all the other community colleges in Marble Mountain. UMON specializes in Business Law and Healthcare when it comes to majors, with a whopping 79% of enrolled students being listed as someone in the aforementioned major. UMON has also been credited as the "Source" of Montana's intellectual boom (with an astonishing 42% of employable Montana Residents having a Bachelors Degree or Higher) because of special interest advocation programs such as TAWER ( target applicable waiver for educational resource) which covers 91-99% of your tuition cost if you have been a Montana resident for more than 15 years consecutively or completed more than 10 years in the Montana Unified School District and can maintain more than a 2.5 in cumulative G.P.A while enrolled as a Business Law, Healthcare, Or engineering major.
In an effort by UMON in 2015, it was proposed a second campus, fittingly called "UMON Secondary" or "UMON2", was to be built in the surrounding area of Chester, proposed to lower the crime rate and establish a higher education level in the neighbourhood. Later proposals removed administrative roles from the main campus but kept the UMON2 name. UMON2 was meant to be publicly funded, which, unlike the rest of the UMON campuses, would not charge a tuition fee, similar to the TAWER program, and would focus on basic employment, home economics and financing. The proposal was denied by the State Government, citing issues related to funding.
Montana is covered by the K-12 Montana Unified School District. (MUSD) And other areas are covered by the Marble Mountain County Schools.