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          Known as the "Montana Territory" between 1864-1889 
 
 
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MontaƱa - Spanish for mountain or mountainous
 
 
Montanans
 
 
 
 
 
 
Friday, November 8, 1889 - Becoming the 41st State in the Union
 
 
Treasure State
 
 
Big Sky Country, The Land of the Shining Mountains
 
 
Oro y plata - "Gold and Silver" 
 
 
The Last Best Place
 
 
Montana (1945)
 
 
Montana Melody (1983)
 
 
Helena
 
 
Billings
 
 
4th Largest State
 
147,046 square miles 
 
 
998,199  (mt.gov - July 1, 2011)
 
  

 
 
 
 
 
Montana State Bird
Western Meadowlark
(Since 1931) 
 
Montana State Tree
Ponderosa Pine
(Since 1949)
 
Montana State Flower
Bitterroot
(Since 1895)
 
 
Image by: Hollingsworth, John and Karen/USFWS
 
 
www.cirrusimage.com
  
 
 
 
Image from: Yellowstone National Park Service
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Montana State Animal
Grizzly Bear
(Since 1982)
 
Montana State Butterfly
Mourning Cloak
(Since 2001)
 
Montana State Fish
Black Spotted Cutthroat Trout
(Since 1977)
 
Image by:  Terry Tollefsbol/USFWS
 
 
 
 
Whitney Cranshaw, CSU, Bugwood.org
 
 
Image by:  Jim Cummins 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
  
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Page last updated Mar. 16, 2016.