In February of 1889, President Grover Cleveland signed the Enabling Act, granting statehood to several states, including Montana, once those states were able to craft their requisite constitutions. Montana met this requirement in July of 1889. On November 8, 1889, President Benjamin Harrison signed the proclamation that would make Montana the 41st state admitted to the Union.
Montana is the 4th largest state in the United States, and the largest fully landlocked state. Its geography — and therefore climate — is highly diversified. The Continental Divide splits the state roughly into eastern and western halves.
Nearly 40% of the state is comprised of the Northern and Central Rocky Mountain Ranges in the west. More than 100 named ranges — and many more yet unnamed — pepper the massive landscape, while the valleys in between provide agricultural and tourism opportunities.
The other 60% is prairie land that sits on the Great Plains. Here is where the bulk of Montana’s agricultural activities naturally take place. Montana is a leading producer of several cereal grains — not surprisingly, the state also ranks third in per capita craft breweries.
Lumber, mineral extraction, and tourism make up the bulk of the state’s remaining revenue sources. More than ten million people flock to Montana every year to visit Glacier National Park, Flathead Lake, the Missouri River headwaters, the site of the Battle of Little Bighorn, or Yellowstone National Park.
Most people who visit Montana won’t get the chance to see the silver and gold that earned Montana the moniker of The Treasure State… but nearly everyone can catch a glimpse of the view that has earned Montana another nickname… Big Sky Country.