Broadus, Montana



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Broadus, Montana

Broadus, Montana
Town

Powder River County Courthouse
Nickname(s): Gateway and Crossroads

Location of Broadus, Montana
Coordinates: 45°26′34″N 105°24′33″W / 45.44278°N 105.40917°W / 45.44278; -105.40917Coordinates: 45°26′34″N 105°24′33″W / 45.44278°N 105.40917°W / 45.44278; -105.40917
Country United States
State Montana
County Powder River
Area
  Total 0.34 sq mi (0.88 km2)
  Land 0.34 sq mi (0.88 km2)
  Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 3,028 ft (923 m)
Population (2010)
  Total 468
  Estimate (2016) 481
  Density 1,400/sq mi (530/km2)
Time zone Mountain (MST) (UTC-7)
  Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP code 59317
Area code(s) 406
FIPS code 30-09700
GNIS feature ID 0769230

Broadus is a town in and the county seat of Powder River County, Montana, United States. The population was 468 at the 2010 census.

History

American Indian Wars

The Powder River Battles, part of the Powder River Expedition of 1865, were fought near the present-day town from September 1-11, 1865, by the U.S. Army against Sioux, Cheyenne, and Arapaho warriors. On March 17, 1876, the Battle of Powder River occurred about 34 miles (55 km) southwest of present-day Broadus, and on April 5, 1879, the Mizpah Creek Incidents began roughly 45 miles (72 km) north of the town's present location.

The Town

The Broadus post office was established in 1900, and named after the Broaddus family, early settlers in the area. When the town's streets were being planned, they were made wide enough for a horse-drawn carriage to turn around. The original streets are still this wide today. In 1918 publication of the Broadus Independent began, and is still published today, although it is now called the Powder River Examiner.

In 1920, Broadus was chosen as the county seat of the newly established Powder River County. As an incentive for voters choosing Broadus, Margaret Trautman promised a donation of 80 acres from her ranch to the town.

When Bell Creek Oil Field opened in the late 1960s, the economy of Broadus boomed. Oil and gas production continue to be important to the local economy.

Geography

Broadus is located at 45°26′34″N 105°24′33″W / 45.44278°N 105.40917°W / 45.44278; -105.40917 (45.442809, -105.409147).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.34 square miles (0.88 km2), all of it land.

Climate

According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Broadus has a semi-arid climate, abbreviated "BSk" on climate maps.

Broadus has a cold semi-arid climate due to its very dry winters. There are significant diurnal temperature variations throughout the year, and strong continental seasonal swings between the warm to hot summers and the cold winters.

Climate data for Broadus, Montana
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 70
(21)
75
(24)
83
(28)
93
(34)
101
(38)
108
(42)
108
(42)
106
(41)
104
(40)
95
(35)
80
(27)
69
(21)
108
(42)
Average high °F (°C) 32.6
(0.3)
38.0
(3.3)
46.8
(8.2)
58.7
(14.8)
68.6
(20.3)
78.0
(25.6)
87.7
(30.9)
86.7
(30.4)
75.1
(23.9)
62.5
(16.9)
45.7
(7.6)
35.8
(2.1)
59.68
(15.36)
Average low °F (°C) 7.3
(−13.7)
12.6
(−10.8)
20.8
(−6.2)
31.3
(−0.4)
41.3
(5.2)
50.3
(10.2)
56.2
(13.4)
53.5
(11.9)
42.6
(5.9)
31.8
(−0.1)
19.8
(−6.8)
10.6
(−11.9)
31.51
(−0.27)
Record low °F (°C) −38
(−39)
−40
(−40)
−37
(−38)
1
(−17)
13
(−11)
31
(−1)
35
(2)
28
(−2)
16
(−9)
−12
(−24)
−28
(−33)
−47
(−44)
−47
(−44)
Average precipitation inches (mm) 0.47
(11.9)
0.45
(11.4)
0.79
(20.1)
1.52
(38.6)
2.42
(61.5)
2.70
(68.6)
1.49
(37.8)
1.04
(26.4)
1.10
(27.9)
0.99
(25.1)
0.61
(15.5)
0.46
(11.7)
14.04
(356.6)
Average snowfall inches (cm) 6.5
(16.5)
5.7
(14.5)
6.9
(17.5)
4.0
(10.2)
1.0
(2.5)
0.1
(0.3)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
0.4
(1)
1.8
(4.6)
5.2
(13.2)
6.4
(16.3)
38.0
(96.5)
Source: Western Regional Climate Center

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1950517
196062821.5%
197079927.2%
1980712−10.9%
1990572−19.7%
2000451−21.2%
20104683.8%
Est. 20164812.8%
U.S. Decennial Census
2015 Estimate

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 468 people, 218 households, and 114 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,376.5 inhabitants per square mile (531.5/km2). There were 254 housing units at an average density of 747.1 per square mile (288.5/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 95.1% White, 0.6% Native American, 0.4% Asian, 1.7% from other races, and 2.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.0% of the population.

There were 218 households of which 22.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.7% were married couples living together, 6.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.2% had a male householder with no wife present, and 47.7% were non-families. 44.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 24.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.99 and the average family size was 2.80.

The median age in the town was 51.3 years. 20.3% of residents were under the age of 18; 4.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 16.1% were from 25 to 44; 27% were from 45 to 64; and 32.3% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 46.2% male and 53.8% female.




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