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Central Montana

The heart of Central Montana is Lewistown, home of the world-famous Yogo sapphire. Central Montana’s Judith Basin was termed “America’s most important gem location” by the U.S. Geological Survey after Jake Hoover made one of the earliest discoveries of the Yogo sapphires in Yogo Creek when looking for gold in 1896. About $40 million worth of sapphires are mined annually. The area is characterized by wide-open spaces. The small island range of the Snowies lies to the south. 

Towns in Central Montana

Benchland | Broadview | BuffaloCat Creek 
Checkerboard | Cushman | Danvers | Flatwillow
Forestgrove   | Garneill | Grass Range | Harlowton
Hilger | Hobson | Ingomar | Judith Gap | Klein
Kolin | Lavina | Lewistown | Martinsdale
Melstone | MelvilleMoccasin | Monarch | Moore
Mosby | Musselshell | Niehart | Ringling | Ross Fork
Roundup
| Ryegate | Sand Springs | Sapphire Village | Shawmut
Sixteen | Stanford | Sumatra | Two Dot | Utica
White Sulphur Springs | Windham | Winnett