Chatham main street
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 Chatham is a town of 4,300 people in Columbia County, New York state.


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Creative Commons AttributionChoteau - Credit: Sam Beebe

 Choteau lies twenty miles east of the Rocky Mountains, and is home to 1,800 people.  It is named after the French explorer, Pierre Chouteau Jr.

Close by is Egg Mountain, one of the most important dinosaur fossil sites in the world.


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  Albany is the historic capital city of New York state, located on the banks of the Hudson River. It is the oldest surviving European settlement from the original Thirteen Colonies. The area was given different names by the various native tribes to the area. The Mohegans called it Pem-po-tu-wuth-ut, which means "place of the council fire" and the Iroqouis called it Sche-negh-ta-da, meaing "through the pine woods". When the land was taken by the English in 1664, the name was changed to Albany, in honor of the Duke of York and Albany, who later became James II of England and James VII of Scotland.

Perforated toilet paper was invented in Albany.

Glacier National Park, Montana
Public DomainGlacier National Park, Montana - Credit: MONGO, Wikimedia

The name Montana derives from the Spanish word for mountains, reflecting the dominance of the landscape by the Rocky Mountains. Forests cover approximately 25% of the state.

The economy is primarily based on ranching, wheat farming, oil and coal in the east; lumber, tourism, and hard rock mining in the west.

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