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This is the Montana state category. Montana's capital city is Helena and its postal abbreviation is MT. Montana entered the Union as the 41st state, on November 8, 1889. It is the 4th largest state, with an area of 147,046 square miles. Montana is located in northwestern United States, on the Canadian border. Its major cities include Billings and Great Falls. Until the United States acquired the region in the Louisiana Purchase of 1803, Montana was relatively unexplored. In 1852, discovery of gold brought many immigrants, and the Territory of Montana was organized in 1864. In 1883, the opening of the Northern Pacific Railroad stimulated growth and development in the region. The Rocky Mountains dominate the southwestern section of Montana. Eastern Montana, drained by the Missouri and Yellowstone rivers, is part of the Great Plains. Sheep and cattle graze on the expansive plains, and the state is nicknamed Big Sky Country.