Keyring for the state of Montana
The name Montana is Spanish for mountain and the state is known for having the largest herd of migrating elk in the country. An average square mile within the state contains 3.3 deer, 1.4 pronghorn antelope, and 1.4 elk; these mammals outnumber the humans in Montana. About 46 out of the 56 counties are known as "frontier counties" with the average population being 6 or fewer people per square mile. The Cowboy Capital of the world is located in Miles City and the Nation's largest national park is Yellowstone and is located in Southern Montana and Northern Wyoming. Glacier National Park is actually the most visited place in the state and is considered to be the crown jewel of North America; it borders Waterton Lakes National Park in Canada which forms the world's first International Peace Park. In Glacier Park, the Going to the Sun road is actually one of the most scenic drives in the United States. The park itself has about 250 lakes within its boundaries. Montana also has more species of mammals than any other state. The moose which was thought to be extinct in the Rockies south of Canada over a hundred years ago are now numbering over 8,000. The state also has the largest population of grizzly bears in the Continental United States and the grizzly is the state's official animal.
Because of Montana's rich natural preserves it is known as "The Treasure State." Mining was actually an Economic cornerstone of the state. Through the sculpture and brush work of renowned artist Charles M. Russell at his Great Falls Museum Complex which was named after him. This museum contains the largest collection of his work, his actual log cabin studio, and his Great Falls home. Likewise, the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman gained its fame through chief paleontologist Jack Horner who was the prototype for Dr. Alan Grant in "Jurassic Park."
Custer's Last Stand took place just south of Billings against the Sioux Chief Sitting Bull at the Battle of Little Big Horn. There's a National Monument there which depicts the Nation's military involved in the historic battle against the Plains Indians who were the first inhabitants of the state. Montana itself is the home to seven Indian reservations. Sitting Bull's daughter, Ekalaka, actually has a town named after her.
Other famous people from Montana include legendary daredevil motorcyclist Evel Knievel, actresses Myrna Loy and Martha Ray, football player Jerry Kramer, comic Dana Carvey, actors Dirk Benedict and Gary Cooper, and journalist/newscaster Chet Huntley.
To commemorate all these facts about Montana you can purchase a keyring with the state symbols on it from online souvenir store World-Wide-Gifts along with other memorabilia.
Montana's State Symbols as Souvenirs
The state seal of Montana represents its natural attributes as well as its economic potential. A shovel, pick, and a plow symbolize the state's mineral and agricultural wealth. The great seal also envisions mountains, trees, bison, and other animals by the Missouri River's Great Falls. At the bottom of the seal is the state's motto "Oro y Plata" meaning "Gold and Silver." The seal is in the center of the state flag and emblazoned onto a blue background with gold letters above the seal that have the state's name. The great seal and state flag are featured on a dual-sided acrylic key ring at our Internet store World-Wide-Gifts.com.