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NICKNAME: Treasure State -- Montana is also known as Big Sky Country; Land of the Shining Mountains; Mountain State; Bonanza State and Headwaters State.

State Animal: Grizzly Bear

State Bird:  Western Meadowlark

State Fish: Blackspotted Cutthroat Trout

State Flower: Bitterroot

State Fossil: Duck-billed dinosaur (Maiasaura Peeblesorum)

State Gemstones: Sapphire & Agate

State Grass: Bluebunch Wheatgrass

State Tree: Ponderosa Pine

State Butterfly: Mourning Cloak

Triva Corner

Between 1880 and 1890, the population of Montana grew from about 39,000 to nearly 143,000.

In 1890 the first hydroelectric dam was built in Great Falls.

In 1923 the Jack Dempsey-Tommy Gibbons world heavyweight championship fight is staged in Shelby.

 

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