Yellowstone National Park
-- Yellowstone is the world’s first national park.
-- It has been designated a World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve.
-- 3,472 square miles.
-- 2,221,766 acres.
-- 96 percent in Wyoming
-- 3 percent in Montana
-- 1 percent in Idaho
-- The highest point in the park, Eagle Peak, is 11,358 feet.
-- The lowest point, Reese Creek, is 5,282 feet.
-- Yellowstone is larger than Rhode Island and Delaware combined.
-- Approximately 5 percent of park is covered by water; 15 percent is grassland; and 80 percent is forest.
-- Precipitation ranges from 10 inches at the north boundary to 80 inches in the southwest corner.
-- The average temperatures at Mammoth are 9 degrees in January and 80 degrees in July. The record high is 99 degrees, recorded at Mammoth in 2002. The record low is -66 degrees, recorded at the Riverside Station at the West Entrace in 1933.
Montana State University
On Feb. 16, 1893, the Agricultural College of the State of Montana was founded as the state’s land grant college. Renamed the Montana College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts, the institution was popularly known as Montana Agricultural College, or MAC. By the 1920s, the institution’s preferred name was Montana State College and so it remained until July 1, 1965, when in recognition of the enormous advances in the college’s commitment to scientific and humanistic research, the 39th legislative assembly of the state of Montana changed MSC’s name to Montana State University.