Wednesday, January 16, 2013

The State of Absaroka

One of the proposed states that never quite came to pass was Absaroka: composed of southwest Montana, northern Wyoming, and extreme western South Dakota.  Here it is on the map:

It had a lot of local interest, and even got a flag.

This was first proposed back in 1939; it was not part of last year's post-election secession hijinks.  They had a license plate for a while, and still referred to in the local area:

I doubt that the legislatures in Helena, Cheyenne, and Pierre will ever have to send the National Guards to quell a possible uprising from this contrary area.  This temporary breakaway in 1939 was largely ignored.  People in those states have pretty impressive mountains.  They do not need to make mountains out of molehills.


  1. An interesting curiosity. Thanks for sharing.

  2. I think there are still people that want to break away.

  3. I wonder how many other new states have been proposed over the years. I remember the State of Franklin proposed in the 1700's (composed of several counties of eastern Tennessee), and I think there may have been others (including off-again/on-again discussion of merging North and South Dakota to recreate the Dakota Territory). And, of course, there is the never-ending effort on the part of many to make DC a state. I happen to support this effort, as it will provide Illinois and New Jersey with useful competition in the areas of graft and corruption.

  4. Oh, I almost forgot - I'm voting with John.