Montana, The State
I'm in love with Montana. For other states I have admiration, respect, recognition, even some affection. But with Montana it is love. And it's difficult to analyze love when you're in it.John Steinbeck in Travels with Charley
From the nation's first National Park to the world's first International Peace Park, Montana is as refreshing and tranquil as it is rugged and exhilarating.
- Statehood was granted in 1889.
- Major industries are agriculture, mining and tourism.
- Population: 1,000,000, 4th largest state in the US and the 7th least populous.
- Highest Peak: 12,807 ft, Granite Peak in the Absorka-Beartooth Wilderness, and is the tenth highest state peak in the nation.