Montana History

Montana is one of the mountain states, bordering Canada on the North, North and South Dakota on the East, Wyoming on the South, and Idaho on the West.  Montana became a state November 8, 1889 and is the 41st state. 

The name of the state is derived from a Spanish word meaning mountainout and was first used in 1864.  Montana is called the Treasure State.

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State Facts:

Capital City: Helena
Area: 147046 sq.mi, 4th Land
Bird: Western Meadowlark
Border States: Idaho - North Dakota - South Dakota - Wyoming
Constitution: 41st State
Economy: Agriculture: Cattle, wheat, barley, sugar beets, hay, hogs. Industry: Mining, lumber and wood products, food processing, tourism.
Flower: Bitterroot
Highest Point: Granite Peak; 12,799 feet, 10th
Lowest Point: Kootenai River; 1800 feet, 47th
Motto: Oro y plata Gold and Silver
Nickname: Treasure State
Origin of state's name: Based on Spanish word for "mountainous"
Song: Montana
Tree: Ponderosa Pine

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