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|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
|Glacier National Park and the Rocky Mountains.|
|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.|
|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.|
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|Montana State Government home page|
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