The early Spanish settlers named the state “montaña” meaning mountain in Spanish. Montana is one of the nine mountainous states in the western United States. Montana has two popular nicknames “Big Sky Country” because it is sparsely populated and free of tall buildings and “The Treasure State” because of its large gold and silver mines.
There are more cattle than people in Montana – This is not surprising because the state is an important center of livestock farming.
Montana has a unique feature called a triple divide, which allows water to flow into the Atlantic Ocean, The Hudson Bay, and the Pacific Ocean.