Montana, Pacific States Newspapers Directory, 1894


Population 132,159. Surface generally mountainous, especially in the west. Along the three forks of the Missouri River, as well as elsewhere through the State, there is much undulating prairie, with a fertile soil. The Missouri River is navigable to Fort Benton; the Yellowstone is also navigable. Perhaps nowhere else are such advantages offered to the capitalist, mining operator, stock-raiser and wool-grower as are here found. Very little hay or winter foddering is needed, the stock feeding on the rich grasses, and ranging all winter in the sheltered valleys. Of agricultural staples, spring wheat, potatoes, butter, barley, oats, and vegetables are the most prominent. The chief minerals are gold and silver, of which large quantities are obtained. Leading manufacturing interests are mining, lumber sawing, quartz milling and stamping, flour, etc. A superior quality of bituminous coal, in what is said to be one of the largest and most compact coal fields in the country, is being developed about fifty miles from Billings.

Since the issuance of our preceding edition there has been the usual number of newspaper changes in this and other States mentioned in this work. The several industries throughout the State have largely increased, and in every branch and direction show unusual prosperity.

We give a brief description in the following pages of the several counties, with a tabulated list of the newspapers published in each.

By County

Pacific States Newspaper Index

Source: Pacific States Newspaper Directory, Sixth Edition, Palmer & Rey Type Foundry, San Francisco, 1894

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