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Montana State Facts

Population (1994): 856,000 (44th in size)

State size: 147,046 square miles (4th in size)

State Capital: Helena (named after Helena, Minnesota)

Major cities: Billings, Great Falls and Helena

Admission to union: The 41st State

Date entered the union: November 8, 1889

Origin of state name: Named from the Latin word Montana which means "mountainous regions".

Nicknames: The Treasure State

Bordering states: Idaho, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming, with Canada to the north.

State bird: Western Meadowlark

State flower: Bitterroot

State tree: Ponderosa Pine

Motto: Gold and Silver


Geographic Landmarks

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Glacier National Park and the Rocky Mountains.  


Points of Interest

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Major Industries

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Montana is mainly an agriculture state with cate, wheat, barley and sugar beet farming. Natural resources include gold, silver, copper and coal mining, as well as oil. Some forestry, and pulp and paper industry.  


Historical Highlights

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Settlers came to the area after gold was discovered in 1858. Later silver was also found. Montana was the location of Custer's Last Stand at the Little Bighorn.  


Population and Culture

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Interesting Tidbits

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Links to other sites about Montana

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Montana State Government home page

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