Welcome to the Broadus, Montana Picture Tour. Broadus, Montana, population 1,858, is the “Wavingest Town in the West.”
After the Montana N-Bar Ranch closed out when a devastating winter and drought killed large numbers of cattle, Broaddus eventually built a log cabin at the mouth of Baking Powder Creek, south of present-day Broadus.
With more people moving into the valley, regular mail service became important, so Broaddus started a successful petition to set up a post office at his house with the help of his brother, John, according to Celeste Gerleman, Oscar’s great-grandaughter, who lives just across the Wyoming border south of Broadus.
A slip of a bureaucrat’s pen probably dropped one “d” from the official post office name.That post office, subsequently operated by other people, closed in late 1905. The expansion of the Homestead Act in 1909 to include land suitable for dry-land farming opened up more land in Eastern Montana, bringing in more homesteaders.
The Broadus, Montana Tour video referred to a “Horse Picket.” For the kids: “What’s a Horse Picket?”
For more information about this great town visit: www.broadusmontana.com
Powder River County High School
Panoramas of the Powder River near Broadus, Montana. Views entering Broadus, Montana and a walk down Park Avenue towards Cottonwood Park.