What is Montana?

  • (noun): A state in northwestern United States on the Canadian border.
    Synonyms: Treasure State, MT


Montana (i/mɒnˈtænə/) is a state in the Western United States. The western third of Montana contains numerous mountain ranges. Smaller "island ranges" are found in the central third of the state, for a total of 77 named ranges that are part of the Rocky Mountains. This geographical fact is reflected in the state's name, derived from the Spanish word montaña (mountain). Montana has several nicknames, none official, including: "Big Sky Country" and "The Treasure State", and slogans that include "Land of the Shining Mountains" and more recently, "The Last Best Place". Montana is the 4th-most extensive, but the 7th-least populous and the 3rd-least densely populated of the 50 United States. The economy is primarily based on services, with ranching, wheat farming, oil and coal mining in the east, and lumber, tourism, and hard rock mining in the west. Millions of tourists annually visit Glacier National Park, the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument, and three of the five entrances to Yellowstone National Park.

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USS Montana (ACR-13) - Pre-World War I
... Assigned to the Atlantic Fleet, Montana departed Norfolk on 5 August to cruise off the east coast until 25 January 1909, when she sailed from Charleston, South Carolina, for the Caribbean ... While operating with the Special Service Squadron, Montana departed Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, Cuba on 2 April for the Mediterranean to protect American interests ... Montana left Charleston, with President William Howard Taft and his party embarked on 10 November for a visit to Panama, returning her passengers to Hampton Roads on 22 November ...
U.S. Route 2 - Route Description - Western Segment - Montana
... US 2 is a vital northern corridor for Montana ... especially in its western half, and has more of its mileage within Montana than in any other state ... Most of the Montana segment of US 2 runs close to the northern BNSF Railway main line, and parts of the highway show up in the Microsoft Train Simulator depiction of the ...
Great Falls, Montana - Motion Pictures Filmed in Great Falls
... Numerous motion pictures have been filmed in and around Great Falls, Montana ... These movies include Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974) Telefon (1977) The Stone Boy (1984) The Untouchables (1987) Amazing Grace and Chuck (1987) A River Runs Through It (1992) Freedom (1994) Holy Matrimony (1994) The Slaughter Rule (2002) Northfork (2003) Iron Ridge (2008) The Vessel (2009) (Post-Production) ...
Montana - State Symbols
... trout Oncorhynchus clarkii, since 1977 State Song "Montana", since 1945 State Ballad "Montana Melody", since 1983 State Gemstones Sapphire Agate, since 1969 State Fossil Maiasaur ("Duck-billed ...
U.S. Route 287 - Route Description - Montana
... US-287, US-191, and US-20 cross the Montana State Line in Yellowstone National Park ... Just outside the park boundary in West Yellowstone, US-20 heads towards the west while US-287 and US-191 turn north ...