52 Interesting Facts About Montana, Montana State Symbols

Last updated on July 4th, 2018

36. Bannack is the first territorial capital of Montana. It is preserved as a ghost town today.

37. The legendary Native American chief Sitting Bull has a town named after his daughter. The town of Ekalaka in Montana is named after the daughter of this famous chief.

38. The smokestack in Anaconda, Montana is one of the tallest brick structures in the world. It stands 585 feet high.

39. Only one gem from North America is included in the Crown Jewels of England. This is the Montana Yogo Sapphire.

40. Montana is the home of the world’s First International Peace Park. This park is a combination of Alberta’s Waterton Lakes National Park in Canada and the Glacier National Park in Montana.

41. Montana also has two popular slogans associated with its name – the “land of the shining mountains” and the “last best place.” Montana has more than a 100 mountain ranges in its western half.

42. In the area, it is slightly larger than Japan. It is also the largest landlocked U.S. state.

43. The Clark Fork discharges the greatest volume of water of any river exiting the state.

44. There are more than 3000 named lakes and reservoirs in Montana. These include the Flathead Lake, which is the largest natural freshwater lake in the U.S.

45. Fork Peak Reservoir of Missouri River is the largest reservoir in the state.

46. July 2007 was the hottest month ever recorded in Montana.

47. The Desert Land Act of 1877, allowed settlement of Arid Lands and allocated 640 acres to settlers for a fee of $0.25 per acre and a promise to irrigate the land.

48. During World War I, approximately 1500 Montanans died and 2437 were injured. Almost 40,000 Montanans volunteered or drafted for the war. This is a huge contribution of manpower by any state in the U.S. during the time.

49. For World War I, Montana contributed one of the highest numbers of soldier per capita of any state. It was higher than 25% of any other state on a per capita basis.

50. Did you know that during World War II, almost 30 Japanese balloons landed in Montana? However, no damage to life or property resulted from these balloons.

51. Montana is also home to the largest ICBM field in the U.S. covering 23,500 miles.

52. Interestingly, Montana has given its three electoral votes to Republicans ever since the early 1950s with the exception of Lyndon Johnson’s in 1964 and Bill Clinton in 1992.

Montana State – quick facts and state symbols

State AbbreviationMT
State CapitalHelena
List Of 50 U.S. States And Their Capital
State SizeTotal (Land + Water): 147,042 sq miles; Land Only: 145,552 sq miles
Estimate as of July 1, 2017, United States Census Bureau.
State by number of formation41st state
State rank by population44th
State rank by area4th
Number of Counties56
Bordering StatesIdaho, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming
ReligionProtestant - 47%
Catholic - 23%
No religion - 20%
Official LanguageEnglish
Highest PointGranite Peak, 12,807 feet
Lowest pointKootenai River at Idaho border
1,804 ft (557 m)
% Water1
Length255 miles (410 km)
Width630 miles (1,015 km)
National ParksGlacier National Park
Area Codes406
StatehoodNovember 8, 1889
Electoral Votes3
GovernorSteve Bullock (D)
State BalladMontana Melody
State MottoOro y plata (Gold and silver)
State NicknameTreasure State
State TreePonderosa pine
State SongMontana
Nobel Prize WinnersBrian P. Schmidt (Physics, 2011)
Famous PeopleGary Cooper
Patrick Duffy
David Lynch
Seal"A depiction of mountains, plains, forests, and the Great Falls of the Missouri River.
The plow, pick, and shovel represent the state's industry.
The state motto appears on a ribbon."

Great Seal of Montana.svg

FlagThe state seal on a field of blue;
the word Montana added in 1981.

Flag of Montana.svg

State BirdWestern meadowlark


State ButterflyMourning cloak

Nymphalis antiopa, Mourning Cloak.jpg

State FishWestslope cutthroat trout


State FlowerBitterroot

Lewisia rediviva (4351639040).jpg

State FossilDuck-billed dinosaur

Maiasaura baby MOR1.jpg

State GemSapphire and agate

Montana official gemstones horizontal.jpg

State GrassBluebunch wheatgrass

Pseudoroegneria spicata (3821759845).jpg

State MammalGrizzly Bear

Grizzly bear glacier national park 3.jpg

The reverse of the Montana quarter of the 50 State Quarters.

Montana quarter

Latitude44° 21′ N to 49° N
Longitude104° 2′ W to 116° 3′ W
Time ZoneMountain Time Zone
Data sourcesWikipedia.org, 1KeyData.com
Table last updatedApril 03, 2018


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