Ranching Montana

Shonkin

Nearby Shonkin Creek was named for John Shonk, an early settler, and namesake of the settlement. With an economy based around ranches and farms, Shonkin received its supplies via river from Fort Benton. In winter months, cowboys from Judith Basin would come to town to pass the season. The town later served as a station along the Milwaukee Railroad and welcomed a post office in 1886, with Ernest Leaming as its postmaster. The post opened and closed a few times between then and 1908, but has been active ever since.

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