10 Interesting Facts about Montana

Facts about Montana will inform you about the 41st largest state of the U.S. constitution. There are many beautiful views that can be seen in Montana, such as mountain and river. Montana officially became a state on November 8,1889. The capital city of Montana is Helena. Whereas Billings is the largest city in the state. Besides, montana is bordered with four state, including Idaho, South Dakota, North Dakota, and Wyoming. Here are ten interesting facts about Montana.

Facts about Montana 1: Montana’s name

The name Montana comes from a Spanish word which means mountainous or mountain. It is because there are over 50 mountain ranges in Montana. Whereas “Treasure State” is the nickname of Montana. The other nicknames include “Big Sky Country”, “Land of Shining Mountains”, and “Last Best Place.”

Facts about Montana 2: Montana flag

In the Montana flag, there are gold letters of the word “Montana” centered at the top, the state seal in the center on a blue field, and the state motto at the bottom of the seal. The state seal illustrates the beautiful scenery of the state and some state activities, including mountains, rivers, waterfalls, sunny skies, cliffs, plough (pick and shovel).

Montana flag
Montana flag

Facts about Montana 3: Oro y Plata

Oro y Plata is the state motto of Montana which means “gold and silver” in Spanish. That’s because the Montana mountains yield gold and silver.

Facts about Montana 4: The world’s shorterst river

The shortest river in the world is located in Montana, the Roe River in Great Falls.

Roe River, the shortest river in the world
Roe River, the shortest river in the world

Facts about Montana 5: Major Waterways

Yellowstone River, Missouri River, Clark Fork River are major waterways in Montano. The other waterways are
Milk River, Flathead Lake, Whitefish Lake, Fort Peck Lake, and Hungry Horse Reservoir.

Facts about Montana 6: Major Cities

Billings, Great Falls, Missoula, Boseman, Butte, Falls, and Helene are major cities in Montana.

Facts about Montana 7: Natural Resources

Copper, silver, gold, coal, and sapphires are the top natural resources in Montana. Today’s petroleum becomes the most valuable resources in the state. Whereas for agriculture, there are wheat, sugar, sheep, beets, barley, and dairy products.

Facts about Montana 8: Famous People

There are many famous people in Montana. They are Gary Cooper (Actor), Evel Knievel (Entertainer and motorcycle stuntman), Martha Raye (Actress and Singer), Dana Carvey (Actor and comedian), A. B. Guthrie, Jr. (Author), David Lynch (Movie director), John Horner (Paleontologist), Jeannette Rankin (First woman ever elected to the U.S. Congress), Phil Jackson (Basketball coach), and Ted Turner (Owns several ranches in Montana).

Gary Cooper
Gary Cooper

Facts about Montana 9: Wildlife

Montana is full of wildlife. There are deer, elk, antelope, grizzly, bighorn sheep, bison, black bears, gray wolves, coyotes, alligator lizards, chorus frogs, eagles, and more.

Facts about Montana 10: State Symbols of Montana

Montana has many state symbols, including Bitterroot (State flower), Ponderosa Pine (State tree), Western Meadowlark (State bird), Blackspotted cutthroat trout (State fish), Grizzly Bear (State animal), and NA (State foods).

Meadowlark (State bird)
Meadowlark (State bird)


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