Plentywood Gulches Montana


Lured by the Homestead Act, open spaces, and cheap land, several Mennonites of Dutch heritage swarmed to the area in 1916. As increasing numbers of Mennonites arrived daily, the community of Lustre was born with significant emphasis placed on religion. 

Although a post office was built in 1917 to aid in communication with neighboring towns and states, Lustre’s residents were not intrigued by this development. With five churches, Lustre’s citizens were primarily interested in practicing their religious beliefs, and by 1959, the town could no longer support its own postal service.

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