Fallon County, Montana 1921

The county has for its eastern boundary, the South Dakota line, and covers the southern extremity of the Cedar Creek Anticline. At the northern end is the Glendive gas field and at the lower extremity that which" has been developed at and around Baker, the county seat of Fallon. Both the oil and gas resources of the county are considered among its greatest assets. Good flows of gas have been encountered in wells near Baker, and it has beet) piped into the town for heating, lighting and power purposes.

Fallon County, with its area of 1,685 square miles and its population of 4.548, is just south of the center of the eastern tier of counties in Montana, and was legislatively created on December 9, 1913. There are no rivers of importance in the county, but Fallon and Fennel creeks flow through it into the Yellowstone. In the broad valleys of these and other streams is much good land, as well as in stretches of bench land back of them. There is little irrigated land in the county, fully ninety-five per cent of that which can be cultivated being farmed by non-irrigated methods. Most of the loamy land, which was for years given over to grazing, has been reclaimed to agriculture, and produces good crops of wheat, oats, flax, corn and alfalfa.

Last Fallon County Sod School

There are special opportunities in the county for diversified farming, dairying and manufactories that can utilize the flow of the natural gas wells. Land prices vary from $15 to $75 an acre, depending upon location and improvements.

The main line of the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railway traverses the county east and west, and the Yellowstone trail also enters the county from South Dakota. The regular county highways add to these transportation facilities.

Baker, the county seat, is the most important town in Fallon County, and is the distributing point for a large territory. Kingmont, Westmore and Plevna are other towns on the line of the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railway. Besides the rural schools in the country districts, common schools are found in the towns. Baker itself has not only good graded schools, but a high school accredited for the four year term.

Montana Counties 1921

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Source: Montana its Story and Biography, by Tom Strout, Volume 1, The American Historical Society, 1921

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