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Bozeman,city (1990 pop. 22,660), seat of Gallatin co., SW Mont.; inc. 1883. Named after John M. BozemanBozeman, John M.
, 1835–67, American pioneer. A Georgian, he went to the gold fields of Colorado (1861) and Montana (1862). In the winter of 1862–63 he traveled with a companion from Bannack, Mont., to Colorado by a route lying E of the Bighorn Mts.
..... Click the link for more information. , who led settlers here in 1864, it is the hub of a farming and ranching area; tourism and lumber are also important. The Big Sky ski area is just southwest. Bozeman is the headquarters of Gallatin National Forest, and Yellowstone National ParkYellowstone National Park,
2,219,791 acres (899,015 hectares), the world's first national park (est. 1872), NW Wyo., extending into Montana and Idaho. It lies mainly on a broad plateau in the Rocky Mts., on the Continental Divide, c.
..... Click the link for more information. is nearby. Montana State Univ. and the Museum of the Rockies are here, and the city has become an arts and vacation-home center.