Origin of "Montana"

Montana State Name Origin


Montana geology and topography map

Montana geology and topography map; USGS: A tapestry of Time and Terrain.

What does "Montana" mean?

The name Montana is based on the Spanish word for mountain (montaña). Western Montana is forested and mountainous (part of the Rocky Mountain range), but the eastern section is a high barren plain. All State Name Origins

The name "Montana" was proposed in 1864 when the area was sub-divided from the Nebraska Territory. Montana was admitted as a state in 1889.



Grinnell Point, Glacier National Park, Montana; photo by Mark Stevens on Flickr (noncommercial use permitted with attribution / share alike).

Glacier National Park, Montana


Montana - 50 States - US Geography / American History