( The Big Sky Country / The Treasure State )
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:
The Flag of Montana|
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)
902,195 (6.2 mi2)
Geographic Area (mi2)
Rank 4th Largest
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College & University
Border States: Idaho, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming
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Housing: In Montana, there are 412,633 housing units, averaging to 2.8 per sq mile.