Norwegian immigrants in Montana

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Sheep grazing along the Musselshell, 2019.

Early sheep industry in Montana. The big picture

Many people have written about the history of the Montana cattle industry. In comparison, historical research and writing on the sheep industry in Montana is scant. The stories of “the great sheep trails from California and Oregon have lain in deep obscurity,” wrote Edward N. Wentworth in 1941, while the trails from Texas “with its […]

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Map of southwestern counties in Montana, which shows county borders and rivers and towns in 1890. It is a cropped version of a larger map, that shows some sites mentioned in this article.

Gold discovery led to the establishment of Meagher County, Montana

Late in the fall of 1864 gold was discovered in a gulch on the west-facing slopes of the Big Belt Mountains. The small stream flowing through the gulch drained into Canyon Ferry Lake. The gold was discovered by four former Confederate soldiers who were traveling south from Fort Benton on the Missouri River. Their destination

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THe front page of the family history of the Voldseth family, who owns the original Grande ranch.

From the middle of Norway to Musselshell Valley, Montana

Two Grande brothers from Trondheim, the middle of Norway, in 1866 set out on a long and winding journey to the United States. They crossed fjords and oceans, followed rivers, roads and trails over plains, valleys and mountain ranges before they ended up in the grassy Musselshell Valley, Montana, in 1878. The journey was not

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From 2023: First priority Texas, Montana, Alberta and Saskatchewan

In July 2025 it will be 200 years since the first organized group of Norwegian immigrants left the city of Stavanger, Norway. Cleng Peerson was their pathfinder in western New York in 1825, and in Fox River, Illinois, in 1833. His last 15 years in Texas have been a mystery. Most Norwegian immigrants settled in

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Melville was founded at the foot of the Crazy Mountains.

Step-by-step migration to Montana

Some of the early Norwegian settlers in Montana came from the Rushford area in Fillmore County, Minnesota. Several people in Rushford organized a society with the aim of exploring for better land in Montana. Because of several years with crop failures caused by hail, bugs, and rust in Minnesota they began to dream about better

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Construction of the mine with technology and facilitites for social and cultural life, a school and hospital, as well as housing, took place from 1865 at Vigsnes on the island of Karmøy, Rogaland County, western Norway.

From the Vigsnes Copper Mine to the copper mines in Montana

In the 1870s and into the 1880s the copper and pyrite mine at Vigsnæs in Avaldsnes on the west coast island of Karmøy was the largest mine in Norway. For more than a decade the newcomer, now known as Visnes or Vigsnes, on the North Sea surpassed the 300-year-old Royal silver mining establishment at Kongsberg

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Norwegian immigrants were drawn to the Montana gold fields

When the Civil War broke out in 1861 very little economic activity was conducted by people of European ancestry in Montana. Some Indian trade and missionary activity took place. Small agricultural settlements sold their surplus to homesteaders passing through the territory on their way to Oregon. After the gold discoveries became known in the early

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Mange norske slo seg ned i dalen ved Volney Creek.

Fra Skjold til Montana – familien Torger og Bergitte Stråtveit

Det var fortsatt lett å skaffe seg billig jord etter 1900, men den beste jorda var ofte tatt. I 1907 emigrerte Torger N. Stråtveit (født 1863), hans kone Bergitte (født 1885) og datteren Borghild (født 1907) fra Skjold fra Stavanger den 19. april 1907. Familien oppga staten Montana som bestemmelsessted. Ifølge et manuskript i arkivet

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Veiskilt til Porcupine Butte i Montana

Tilbakevandring til Sauda

Tilbakevandring til Sauda og mange andre bygder økte rundt århundreskiftet. Etter hvert som dampskipene fikk sitt store gjennombrudd, falt prisen for atlanterhavsreiser betydelig, og reisen tok atskillig kortere tid. Immigranter som ikke fikk det helt til i det nye landet, vendte i større grad tilbake til Norge. Mange dro dessuten til USA for å tjene

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Red Lodge Court House fra 1899

Fire søstre fra Bjerkreim giftet seg med fire saudagutter i Montana

På gården Vinningland i Bjerkreim, gårdsnr. 2, bruksnr. 2, bodde Hans Pederson og Thomine Gemalia Halvorsdatter. De giftet seg 19. november 1873. Ekteparet fikk sju barn; de fire yngste jentene emigrerte til Montana, og i Montana giftet de seg med fire gutter fra Sauda.[1] Hansine ble født i Bjerkreim 2. juli 1883 og døde i

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