is a Rocky Mountain state located in the North-western United States.
Montana is bounded by North Dakota and South Dakota (E), Wyoming
(S), Idaho (W), and the Canadian provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, and
Montana's expanse of the Great Plains partly contributing to the
state nickname of "
Big Sky Country
Much of Montana's western boundary is marked by the crest of the
Bitterroot Range, part of the Rocky Mountains which dominate the western section
of the state and along which runs the Continental Divide. Montana's very name is
derived from the Spanish word
, meaning mountain country.
Modern-day Montana became Montana Territory in 1864 by the appointment of U.S.
President Abraham Lincoln and later became the 41st state in 1889.
The Montana state capital is
(nicknamed "Queen City of the Rockies"), hometown of the late
Gary Cooper and Myrna Loy.
and Great Falls
are the largest cities; other important cities include Missoula and Butte.
Belgrade Billings Bozeman Butte-Silver Bow Choteau Columbia Falls Fort Benton Great Falls Hamilton
Helena Hot Springs
Livingston Missoula Philipsburg Polson Troy Virginia City West Yellowstone Whitefish Wolf Point
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