Monday, January 6, 2014

Jan. 6 –On this day in 1869 the Montana Territorial Legislature meeting in Virginia City put aside political differences and celebrated the wonder of the Montana winter. The state’s first newspaper, “The Montana Post,” reported that “The fine sleighing was too much, even for the profoundest of our law-makers to resist, and so today the Legislature adjourned early and went in for winter sports.” The legislators took time to remember how lucky they were to be in Montana. “They all evinced glee, loud laughter, jolly singing, and all the pleasures which ice and snow bring to mortals here below.”  A lesson today’s lawmakers might remember.

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