Just North of Choteau, MT -- Rocky Mountain Frontrange

Choteau is a city in and the county seat of Teton County, Montana, United States. It lies along U.S. Route 89 about 20 miles (32 km) east of the Rocky Mountains, near Flathead National Forest, the Rocky Mountain Division of Lewis and Clark National Forest, and Glacier National Park. The population was 1,781 at the 2000 census. The Montana town is named for French fur-trapper and explorer Pierre Chouteau, Jr., who is also the namesake of Chouteau County, Montana (county seat: Fort Benton).

Choteau made national news in the U.S. because it is the town nearest to a 2,700-acre (11 km2) ranch that David Letterman purchased in 1999 for use as a vacation home. Letterman has talked about the ranch on his late night show; he showed photos when a black bear invaded his Montana home in September 2003. Following the attacks on September 11, 2001, Letterman gave an impassioned monologue about New York City and the aftermath. He concluded the now-famous 7-minute speech by discussing Choteau, saying that the small town hosted a rally to raise money for victims of the NYC attacks, despite being affected by a long drought. On March 19, 2009, Letterman married his girlfriend of 23 years at the Teton County Courthouse in Choteau.