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The name Montana comes from the Spanish word for mountain. It is a fitting name, as the state contains seventy-seven different ranges, which are all part of the Rocky Mountain chain. For being such a large state in area, it is the third least densely populated state in the country. This means there is a lot of open land and untouched majestic beauty, lending the state the nickname, “Big Sky Country.” This also means that the state is based economically on ranching, coal and oil mining, lumber, and wheat farming. Agriculture and the lumber industry might dominate the economy, but many other industries are popping up, including the booming craft beer industry. Tourism is also an economic giant for the big state. Vacationers from all over the world travel to experience the wonder and history of Yellowstone National Park, Glacier National Park, and Little Big Horn Battlefield National Monument. Montana is a beautiful state with endless possibilities.

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