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Montana
( The Big Sky Country / The Treasure State )
Montana Map Montana derives from the Latin word meaning "mountainous." Montana was admitted into the Union as the 41st state in 1889. The state is the fourth largest state of the United States. Western Montana is a land of tall, rugged mountains; while eastern Montana is a land of broad plains. Montana experienced sudden development when gold was discovered in 1862. Montana was also the scene of the Native Americans' last effort to keep their land. The last stand of Lieutenant Colonel George A. Custer was fought in Montana, as were the final battles of the Nez Perce Wars. The mountains, the battlefields, the old gold camps, and the vast, lonely distances give visitors a unique perspective of the American frontier. Some of the famous celebrities that were born in Montana include: Dirk Benedict, Steve Reeves, Gary Cooper,

The Flag of Montana
Montana state flag Entered the Union in 1889 as the 41st State; flag adopted in 1905, modified 1981. The State seal shows the Great Falls of the Missouri River and tools indicating mining and agriculture. The motto appears on a ribbon below.
 

Largest Cities in the State
(2000) Billings, 89,847; Missoula, 57,053; Great Falls, 56,690; Butte-Silver Bow1, 34,606; Bozeman, 27,509; Helena, 25,780; Kalispell, 14,223; Havre, 9,621; Anaconda–Deer Lodge County, 9,417; Miles City, 8,487
 
Business and Trade in Montana
Agriculture: Cattle, wheat, barley, sugar beets, hay, hogs.

Industries: Mining, lumber and wood products, food processing, tourism.

State Symbols and Emblems
  • Bird: Western Meadowlark
  • Flower: Bitterroot (lewisia rediviva)
  • Tree: Ponderosa pine (pinus ponderosa)
  • Song(s): Montana
  • Motto: Oro y Plata (Gold and Silver)

Montana Travel - Vacation Destinations & Recreation
National parks and historic locations suitable for family vacations or day trips.

Blood Mountain Wilderness - Missoula
Haleakala Wilderness - Missoula
Moosehorn (Baring Unit) Wilderness - Missoula
Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness - Missoula
Lime Canyon Wilderness - Missoula
capital  Capital: Helena

statehood  Statehood: 1889-11-08

population  Population:
902,195 (6.2 mi2)

geographic area   Geographic Area (mi2)
    Total 147,042.40
    Water 1,489.96
    Land 145,552.43
    Rank 4th Largest

education   State Education:
    Pub & Prv Schools
    College & University
    Libraries

border states   Border States: Idaho, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming

state health   Health Information:
    Illicit Drug Use
    Youth Risk Survey

housing   Housing: In Montana, there are 412,633 housing units, averaging to 2.8 per sq mile.

Posters and Artwork
Waterfall, Glacier National Park, Montana, USA
Waterfall, Glacier National Park, Montana, USA
Photographic Print 24" x 8"

 
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