Meaning of the Flag
The most prominent feature of Montana’s state flag is the state seal located in the center. The seal features an image of a landscape with plains, forests and mountains along the Great Falls at the Missouri River. There is a plow, shovel and pick located on the land, symbolizing the industries in the state. The territorial motto of “Oro y Plata” is found on a banner at the bottom of the seal. This is a Spanish phrase that means “Gold and Silver. The word “Montana” is also printed above the seal.
Colors of the Flag
The background color of Montana’s flag is blue. The word “Montana” is written in gold. The state seal features many colors, including different shades of blue and green, brown, gold, and gray.
History of the Flag
The flag of Montana was originally used by state troops during the Spanish/American War. It was formally adopted as the state flag in 1905. However, it was modified to its current version on July 1, 1981. The only difference between the two flags was the addition of the text spelling out “Montana.” In 1985, the flag was modified again. This time, the font used for “Montana” was specified to be Helvetica Bold.
The state flag of Montana was found to be the third worst among 72 states, territories and provinces in the U.S. and Canada.