Montana State Symbols

Montana State Symbols, Emblems, and Mascots

Montana Symbols, Emblems, and Mascots

Montana, the "Big Sky"state, offers magnificent panoramic views and ample opportunities for snow skiing and extraordinary trout fishing. Students in Montana can also visit the historic location of General Custer's Battle of Little Bighorn; retrace the footsteps of Lewis and Clark, two famous explorers of the American Frontier; or visit Yellowstone National Park and Glacier National Park.

The members of the Lewis and Clark expedition were the first white explorers known to have set foot in Montana. Montana joined the United States in 1889 as the 41st state. 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 symbol for the state animal is the grizzly bear (Ursus arctos horribilis).

Montana State Symbols contains descriptions and pictures of the state symbols, emblems, and mascots of the state, which can be quickly accessed. This resource guide represents many of Montana state facts such as Montana state symbols, the state flower, the state gemstone, the state insect, the state tree, the state bird, the state animal, the state flag that flies over Montana, and the capital, as well as many more symbols, emblems, and mascots.

Montana State Symbols, Emblems, and Mascots


Symbol Name - (Species)

Animal Grizzly Bear
(Ursus arctos horribilis)
Arboretum University of Montana, Missoula
Ballad "Montana Melody"
Bird Western Meadowlark
{Sturnella neglecta(Audubon)}
Butterfly Mourning Cloak
(Nymphalis antiopa)
Cowboy Hall of Fame City of Wolfe Point
Firefighters' Memorial Park Firefighters Memorial Park, Lauel, Montana
Fish Blackspotted Cutthroat Trout
(Salmo clarki
Flag State Flag
Floral Emblem Bitterroot
(Lewisia rediviva)
Fossil Duck-billed Dinosaur
(Maiasaura peeblesorum)
Gemstone Yogo Agate
Gemstone Yogo Sapphire
Grass Bluebunch Wheatgrass
(Agropyron spicatum) (pursh)
Home of the Evelyn Cameron gallery Terry
Iraq and Afghanistan veterans' memorial Grateful Nation Montana Memorial, University of Montana, Missoula
Korean Veteran Memorial - Butte Stoddard Park, Butte
Korean War Veterans' Memorial - Missoula Missoula Memorial Rose Garden, Missoula, Montana
State/Local Government
Lullaby "Montana Lullaby,"
by Ken Overcast and Wylie Gustafson
Medal of Valor Medal of Valor
Motto Oro y Plata
(gold and silver)
Nicknames "Treasure State"
Quarter Montana State Quarter
Seal Great Seal
Soil Scobey soil series - April 27, 2015
Song "Montana"
Tree Ponderosa Pine
Pinus ponderosa)
Veterans' Memorial Garden
Veterans' Memorial Rose Garden, Missoula, Montana
Vietnam Veterans' Memorial Memorial located in Rose Park, Missoula, Montana
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