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The Battle of the Little Bighorn, also known as Custer's Last Stand, took place in Montana in 1876. It was a significant battle in the Sioux Wars and was fought between the United States Army and a coalition of Native American tribes, including the Lakota, Northern Cheyenne, and Arapaho.
Dawson County, Montana has a rich and diverse history that stretches back thousands of years. Prior to the arrival of European settlers, the region was home to various Native American tribes, including the Sioux, Assiniboine, and Crow. These tribes relied on the land's resources for sustenance and engaged in trade and conflict with one another.

The area now known as Dawson County was first explored by European fur trappers and traders in the early 19th century. It was not until the 1860s, however, that permanent settlements began to emerge. Fort Pease, established in 1866, became an important trading center and served as a hub for the region's growing population.

The discovery of gold in the nearby Cretaceous Mountains in the 1870s brought an influx of prospectors and miners to the area. This led to the establishment of several mining towns, including Glendive, the county seat of Dawson County. The mining industry boomed for a time, but eventually declined as the easily accessible gold deposits were exhausted.

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Dawson County transitioned from a mining-based economy to one focused on agriculture. The region's fertile soil and abundant water resources made it ideal for farming and ranching. Today, agriculture remains a major economic driver for the county, with wheat, corn, and cattle being the primary agricultural products.

Over the years, Dawson County has faced various challenges, including droughts, economic downturns, and changes in industry. Nonetheless, it has persevered and continues to be a thriving community rooted in its rich history, natural beauty, and resilient spirit.

This timeline provides a glimpse into the major events and milestones that have shaped the history of Dawson County, Montana.

  • 1880 - Dawson County is established as a county in the state of Montana.
  • 1882 - The town of Glendive is founded and becomes the county seat.
  • 1892 - The Milwaukee Road railway reaches Glendive, spurring growth in the area.
  • 1907 - The first oil well in eastern Montana is drilled in Dawson County.
  • 1920s - Prohibition leads to an increase in illegal bootlegging activities in the county.
  • 1942 - Dawson County Airport is established near Glendive.
  • 1958 - The Intake Diversion Dam is constructed on the Yellowstone River, providing irrigation water to farmers in Dawson County.
  • 1975 - The Makoshika State Park is established in the county, showcasing unique badlands formations.
  • 1997 - The Dawson County Fairgrounds are renovated and expanded to accommodate more events and exhibits.
  • 2008 - Glendive's historic buildings and downtown area are added to the National Register of Historic Places.