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Trekkers

Spotted this nifty license plate yesterday – TREKK1E. Even has a Starfleet sticker in the window!

Wonder if that person knows the owner of this car, which I saw in 2008 with license plate MKITSO1…

(For you non-Trekkies, this reads as “Make It So, Number One!” That was Captain Jean Luc-Picard’s command to his First Officer, William Riker.)

Montana License Plates: The Numbers

I learned pretty quickly that Montana license plates have a “pecking order” based on the relative size of the counties – according to population data from decades ago, that is.

Fechter.com explains it (and has a handy map): County numbers were originally assigned based on most populous to least populous counties; sequence numbers were assigned about 1930 and have not changed since then. A plan was proposed in the 1999 Legislature Session to change things, but it was defeated.

I absolutely love that Butte/Silver Bow has retained the coveted #1 spot, even though Butte’s days as the largest town in Montana are long gone. Butte “made” Montana in so many ways, and it earned that #1 plate.

And I love that Cascade County – home! – is #2, despite falling behind Yellowstone, Missoula, Flathead, and Gallatin counties in recent years, population-wise.

Here’s the list of license plates by county; you can read more at BPRLicensePlates.com.

1

SILVER BOW

20

VALLEY

39

FALLON

2

CASCADE

21

TOOLE

40

SWEET GRASS

3

YELLOWSTONE

22

BIG HORN

41

McCONE

4

MISSOULA

23

MUSSELSHELL

42

CARTER

5

LEWIS & CLARK

24

BLAINE

43

BROADWATER

6

GALLATIN

25

MADISON

44

WHEATLAND

7

FLATHEAD

26

PONDERA

45

PRAIRIE

8

FERGUS

27

RICHLAND

46

GRANITE

9

POWDER RIVER

28

POWELL

47

MEAGHER

10

CARBON

29

ROSEBUD

48

LIBERTY

11

PHILLIPS

30

DEER LODGE

49

PARK

12

HILL

31

TETON

50

GARFIELD

13

RAVALLI

32

STILLWATER

51

JEFFERSON

14

CUSTER

33

TREASURE

52

WIBAUX

15

LAKE

34

SHERIDAN

53

GOLDEN VALLEY

16

DAWSON

35

SANDERS

54

MINERAL

17

ROOSEVELT

36

JUDITH BASIN

55

PETROLEUM

18

BEAVERHEAD

37

DANIELS

56

LINCOLN

19

CHOTEAU

38

GLACIER

 

 

UPDATE: longtime blogger ZenPanda has a Flickr collection of ALL 56 PLATES! Here’s a sample – check ‘em all out here!