The state seal depicted on Montana’s flag features a representation of the state’s rich history and its breathtaking natural landscapes. At the heart of the design, a radiant sunrise illuminates the snow-capped mountains while waterfalls, rolling hills, lush trees, and the majestic Missouri River adorn the backdrop.
Central to the seal, three iconic tools—the pick, shovel, and plow—stand as powerful symbols of Montana’s heritage in both mining and agriculture. These tools pay homage to the industrious spirit and hard work that have shaped the state’s identity over the years.
Completing the seal, a ribbon bears the state motto, ‘Oro y Plata,’ which translates to ‘gold and silver’ in Spanish. This motto harks back to Montana’s abundant mineral resources and their historical significance in the region’s development.
A few fun facts about Montana:
- Montana is often referred to as “Big Sky Country” due to its wide-open spaces and expansive, breathtaking skies.
- Glacier National Park is home to over 700 miles of hiking trails, including the famous Going-to-the-Sun Road, which offers stunning views of glaciers, waterfalls, and pristine alpine lakes. It’s a hiker’s paradise with opportunities for both beginner and experienced hikers to explore the park’s breathtaking wilderness.
- Montana is home to the world’s shortest river, the Roe River, which is just 201 feet (61 meters) long.
Join us in celebrating Montana’s statehood, and let’s continue to raise our flags high in the Big Sky!