is known as "Big Sky Country". The members of the Lewis
and Clark expedition were the first white explorers known to have
set foot in Montana. It joined the United States in 1889 as the
The name Montana comes from the Spanish word Montana,
meaning "mountainous," although the eastern part of the
state consists of gently rolling pastureland.
The Anaconda Company
had a stranglehold on the state's copper industry for about 100
years, but today Montana is known as a tourist destination for
those drawn to its many trout streams and wide open spaces.
Its capital is Helena and the state flower is the