by Kyle Poff
The state’s name is derived from the Spanish word montaña which means mountain. And boy are there a lot of them there. Several nicknames surround the state and the two that stuck out to me are “Big Sky Country” and The Treasure State". I noticed that the edge of the shape of the state line actually looks like a grumpy old crotch of a man looking downwards and couldn’t break that thought from my mind until I decided that I need to make a lonely old treasure-hunting mountain dweller climbing up the side of that yonder left side of the state line and let the rest of it be his big starry sky that he loves. Oh yeah and…“Oro Y Plata” graces a banner on the Montana flag and translates to Gold & Silver.

—Go find that treasure you hungry, tired mountain dweller.—
State Plates Project by Jonathan Lawrence ⓒ 2014