Montana

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Abbreviation MT
Source: United States Postal Service - Abbreviations
Capital Helena
Population 989,415
Source: Resident Population Data - 2010 Census
Governor Steve Bullock (Democrat, to January 2017)
Entered the Union November 8, 1889
as the 41st state
Motto Oro y plata (Gold and Silver)
Nickname The Treasure State
Flower Bitterroot
Bird Western Meadowlark
Song Montana
Professional Sports Teams No NFL, MLB, NBA, WNBA, MLS, or NHL teams.
(sports listing policy)
Origin of Name Chosen from Latin dictionary by J. M. Ashley; it is a Latinized Spanish word meaning "mountainous"
Historical Sites Custer Battlefield National Monument in Hardin, Museum of the Plains Indians in Browning, Fort Union Trading Post, and Grant-Kohr's Ranch National Historic Sites
Points of Interest Glacier National Park on the Continental Divide and Yellowstone National Park
Bordering States Montana borders North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, and Idaho.
Flag Montana's flag

Follow these links to read articles about Montana from Encyclopedias and Almanacs:

Official State Links

Other State Links

  • 50states.com: Montana
    http://www.50states.com/montana.htm
    The site provides a wealth of information about Montana. It includes everything from the highest point to county profile to climate.
  • Things To Do in Montana
    http://www.thingstodo.com/states/MT/index.htm
    ThingsToDo.com is an online guide to information about Montana's entertainment, recreation, and travel, and includes the state's interesting facts, famous people, and special events.
  • Roadside America: Montana Attractions
    http://www.roadsideamerica.com/map/mt.html
    Roadside America describes itself as an online guide to offbeat attractions. This site offers reviews of "weird sites along the highway" in Montana.
  • MontanaWeb
    http://search.montanaweb.com/
    This site is a directory of websites, similar to Yahoo, but offering only Montana information in subjects as varied as arts and entertainment, environment and nature, real estate, shopping, and sports and recreation.
  • FedStats: MapStat: United States: Montana
    http://www.fedstats.gov/qf/states/30000.html
    Fast access to statistics from more than 100 federal agencies on "economic and population trends, crime, education, health care, aviation safety, energy use, farm production and more" in Montana.
  • First explored for France by Francois and Louis-Joseph Verendrye in the early 1740s, much of the region was acquired by the United States from France as part of the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. Western Montana was obtained from Great Britain in the Oregon Treaty of 1846.
  • The major Indian wars (1867-1877) included the famous 1876 Battle of the Little Big Horn, better known as Custer's Last Stand, in which Cheyennes and Sioux killed George A. Custer and mor e than 200 of his men in southeastern Montana.
  • Montana is the fourth largest state with the forty-fourth largest population.

Some Famous People from this State

  • Gary Cooper, born in 1901 in Helena, Montana, he became a famous actor in the 1930s.
  • Alfred Bertram Guthrie, Pulitzer Prize-winning author
  • Evel Knievel, daredevil motorcyclist
  • Jeannette Rankin, a Montana Republican, became the first woman to serve in Congress in 1917, and she was the only member of Congress to vote against entry into both World War I and World War II.