Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance that starts in Montana. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Montana) to Point B.
Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Montana. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 62.0797, Longitude: -150.0728 [Map]. In this case, the coordinates for Montana have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).