Like many of the railroad towns along the Hi-Line, Gildford was named for a city in another part of the world, in this case, the town of Gildford in England. A mile from today’s townsite, trappers wintered at Sage Creek Crossing where there were good feed and water for their horses.
When the waters of Sage Creek rose with the spring thaw, they would load their furs on crude rafts and float them to Fort Benton. During the hard days of poor crops and low grain prices, G. Fred Mundy built a flour mill here. He found grain for the impoverished homesteaders and gave them cereal to eat and feed for their animals. The mill is a landmark today and Gildford’s primary industry is as a marketing town for Northern Plains farmers who produce excellent quality hard spring wheat.