3-7-77

Spotted this 3 7 77MT license plate the other day.

3-7-77 MT

What does it mean?

The Montana Heritage Project says: “The numbers 3-7-77 struck terror into the hearts of all who feared vigilante justice. If a sign with those numbers on it appeared on a man’s tent, he knew he had been warned and he had better vanish from Montana if he didn’t want to face the wrath of the vigilantes.”

Several theories, some outlined here. Among them:

- the dimensions of a grave: 3 feet wide, 7 feet deep, and 77 inches (6 feet 5 inches) long;

- if a certain person didn’t get out of town within 3 hours, 7 minutes, 77 seconds, they would find themselves in a grave;

But on the other hand:

These theories are logically flawed and, as such, lack conviction. The only thing historians and scholars can agree upon is that it stood for a vigilante movement in the 1860′s which cleaned up Montana and made it safe from thieves, armed robbers, claim-jumpers, and cutthroats. Bottom-line, the numbers “3-7-77″ struck fear into the hearts of the outlaws of the day and, as such, must have been developed by a force to be reckoned with….Freemasons.These theories are logically flawed and, as such, lack conviction. The only thing historians and scholars can agree upon is that it stood for a vigilante movement in the 1860′s which cleaned up Montana and made it safe from thieves, armed robbers, claim-jumpers, and cutthroats. Bottom-line, the numbers “3-7-77″ struck fear into the hearts of the outlaws of the day and, as such, must have been developed by a force to be reckoned with….Freemasons.

And some more of the historical aspect and significance right here.

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