Picture this. You're alive in 1912. Someone from 2024 time travels to tell you that in the future a house in Montana is going to run you 500 thousand dollars, give or take a few bucks.

Your mind would melt into a pile of goo. You couldn't fathom a house costing 500 thousand dollars in town. Plus, you wouldn't understand that there's an influx of people moving to Missoula.

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It's a different time nowadays. It's evident from a Redditor on the Montana SubReddit page. A user named u/gpstber29 posted a picture from a 1912 Copy of Government Homesteads and How to Secure ThemOh, how I wish we could bring these prices back.

Credit: Government Homesteads and How to Secure Them (mtmemory.org)
Credit: Government Homesteads and How to Secure Them (mtmemory.org)

Coffee at 20 cents per pound? Are you kidding me? I would give a finger for that kind of priced coffee. Or how about 14 cents per pound on ham or beefsteak?

My favorite line is "Four good dairy cows.... 180.00." It makes me chuckle thinking about how much a bad dairy cow is.

Anyways, the above chart was a part of a publication to entice settlers to snatch land in Montana.

"The land is there. It is excellent for general or mixed farming, and Uncle Sam gives you a cordial invitation to go out and help yourself to a 160-acre or 320-acre farm... No drawing is necessary; first come, first served. When patented this land is worth $10 to $20 per acre and will constantly increase in value."

Uhhh, yeah I'll say. The USDA said last year an average acre of Montana farmland "was $1,170, up 0.9 percent from 2022."

Before someone comments on Facebook "That's how inflation works, you dummy," yes I know. But I still found it interesting, entertaining and shocking.

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