This Day in History: November 8, 1889
Montana, Treasure State, Big Sky Country
Big skies, big adventure, and big spirits: this is Montana. It’s where fertile plains collide with the Rocky Mountains and the country’s fastest land mammals run the grasslands known as the American Serengeti. It’s also where Lewis and Clark faced towering stone obstacles and Custer faced an even more daunting foe. This aerial journey showcases the Treasure State’s mountains and milestones, its legends and landmarks, all from spectacular heights.
On November 8, 1889 President Benjamin Harrison proclaimed Montana the 41st state in the union. It is the largest Rocky Mountain state. The official nickname for Montana is The Treasure State because of its rich mineral reserves. It is a leading state in gold, copper, lead, zinc, platinum, and palladium mining, and has the largest coal reserves in the country.