Montana is a state diverse in its geography, culture, and history. From the history of mining and logging in the west, to the tales of the homestead era in the east, it is a land rich in stories of the past. From the western mountain ranges of the Rocky Mountains to the prairies and badlands of the east, it is a land of everchanging scenery. It's here that a culture of ranching and farming blends with a culture of arts and an urban small town lifestyle of it's cities and towns. Montana is huge in it's physical scale, almost 800 miles from the southeast corner to the northwest corner of the state; but small in population with less people in the entire state than are found in most U.S. urban areas with less than a million inhabitants spread across it's vast expanse. Recreation is year round here with a full range of winter activities, ski areas, snowmobile trails, and cross country ski trails, and provides endless opportunities for recreation in the warmer months with world class fishing, hiking and outdoor activities. Your Montana journey starts here.
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This town took its name from the district engineer in charge of the St. Mary’s Irrigation Project. In 1912, the town became the headquarters for the Reclamation Service Project. This project diverted water from the St. Mary’s River over the Hudson’s Bay Divide to the Milk River.
Formerly known as Kenneth, this community changed its name to Bainville in honor of the town’s first postmaster, Charles Bain. The town’s post office has operated since 1904.
Baker is the county seat for Fallon County at the eastern edge of the state. The boom in Baker hit in 1915 when a driller looking for water hit a pocket of natural gas. The well ignited and burned for years, and since that time the oil and gas industry has been an important part of Baker’s economic picture.
Ballantine arrived in eastern Montana with the railroad line. Once serving as an important railroad station, Ballantine arose in the early 1900s and Lewis Chilson soon opened the first post office.
This town came into existence when two miners started a trading center to service the prospectors in the gold fields nearby. Many of the original buildings are still standing with the two story false fronts typical of western towns in the nineteenth century. The area is still well known for its radon mines which are reputed to offer health benefits to those exposed to the radiation inside them.
Named after Dr. William Belfry, the town started out as the headquarters for the railroad. The Yellowstone Park Railroad Company started building a road that would connect Belfry to the park, but the project was never completed.