|Population (1994): 856,000
(44th in size)
State size: 147,046 square miles (4th in
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