Montana’s vast land area and natural beauty make it America’s Treasure State. Here are 20 facts about our 41st state.
1 Montana's name comes from the Spanish word for "mountain."
2 Out of Montana's 56 counties, 46 are considered frontier counties meaning there are less than people per square mile.
3 Montana is the only state containing a triple divide. This means that water flows into the Pacific, Atlantic, and the Hudson Bay.
4 Yellowstone, America's first national park, is located in southern Montana.
5 Montana is home to the largest grizzly bear population in the lower 48.
6 Montana's official state flower is the bitterroot, and the state tree is the ponderosa pine.
7 Seven Indian reservations make their home in Montana.
8 Montana's popular estimation for 2015 is 1,032,949.
9 At 147,000 square miles, Montana is the 4th largest state in the country.
10 Montana's major industries include lumber, mining, and tourism.
11 The Montana Sapphire is the only American jewel included in England's crown jewels.
12 There are more cattle in Montana than people.
13 Famous Montana natives include Evel Knieval, David Lynch, Brad Bird, Dana Carvey, Gary Cooper, Joe Montana, and Michelle Williams.
14 Montana has higher bookstores per capita than any other state.
15 In 1916, Montana was the first state to elect a woman to Congress, Jeannette Rankin.
16 Montana is home to the country's largest migratory elk herd.
17 Montana's state constitution actively recognizes American Indian cultural heritage and its preservation.
18 The coldest temperature ever recorded in the lower 48 was -70 degrees fahrenheit in Rogers Pass, Montana.
19 Speaking of cold weather, the largest snowflake ever recorded fell in Montana at a whopping 15 inches in diameter.
20 Montana is home to the largest freshwater lake west of the Mississippi River, Flathead Lake. It was carved by glaciers around 10,000 years ago.