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Dawson County, Montana

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Bell Street, Glendive MT - 1913

Photo: Bell Street, Glendive, Dawson County, MT - 1913

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Dawson County was created in January 15, 1869 from the northern half of the original Big Horn County. The name comes from Major Andrew Dawson, manager of the Fort Benton Trading Post for the American Fur Company from 1856 to 1864. The legislature chose Fort Peck as the county seat but attached the county to Chouteau County for legislative representation. Over the years, Dawson County lost territory, which formed all of the counties now in northeastern Montana. Glendive, an important station along the Northern Pacific Railway, is the modern county seat and largest town in Dawson county.
- from "Montana Place Names Companion" - September 22, 2012 and Wikipedia (www.wikipedia.org)


Dawson county is located in the far eastern part of the state. It is only about 15-20 miles from the western border of North Dakota. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the total area of the county is 2,383 square miles (6,171.9 km2) and only 10 miles of that is water. With an estimated population of 9,249 people in the 2012 U.S. Census, there are only 3 people for every square mile of Dawson county! That is some serious peace and quiet!

Over the years parts of Dawson county have been lost to other neighboring counties, Valley County in 1893, Richland County and a part of Wibaux County in 1914, a part of Prairie County is 1915 and Garfield and  part of McCone county in 1919.


Dawson County

Arnett Cemetery
Bethlehem Mennonite Cemetery
Dawson County Cemetery

Dawson Memorial Cemetery

Glueckstal Cemetery
Grand View Cemetery
Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery
Jehovah Lutheran Cemetery

Lutheran Church Missouri Synod

Klempel Cemetery
Marsh Cemetery
Missouri Lutheran Cemetery
Pleasant View Cemetery
Prairie Lawn Cemetery
Red Top Mennonite Cemetery
Richey Cemetery
Union Cemetery
West Church Cemetery

Find A Grave - A  resource to search for family members

Montana State Death Registry Index - Records include Pre-1900 to 2007 

National Register of Historic Places - A list of places in Dawson county that are on the register. 

Dawson County:

Cities and Towns

Lookups --Volunteers who have offered to lookup information in books or on CD's their own.

 Vital Records
Metis and Native Americans -- Many great links  MAP

Maps of Dawson County MT
Little Shell Tribe of Montana

Little Shell Tribe Bulletin Board

Military: Montana
World War I Search by state for information of service and burial location (only those buried in American Battle Monuments cemeteries)
World War II Search by state for information of service and burial location (only those buried in American Battle Monuments cemeteries)

World War II Casualties Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard Personnel
Korean War Search by state for information of service and burial location
Korean War Listed alphabetically, also includes hometown of record (if known)
Vietnam Search by state for information of service and burial location
Vietnam Listed alphabetically, also includes hometown of record (if known)

Neighboring Counties:
Richland County - North
Wibaux County - East
Prairie County - South
McCone County - West


Use this link to find locations and names of current and historical Cemeteries, Churches, Military Forts and Camps, Post Offices, Schools and Towns. USGS Query Form For The United States And Its Territories

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Dawson County Courthouse

207 West Bell
Glendive, MT 59330
County Clerk & Recorders Office
Phone: 406-337-3058

Karen De Groote, State Coordinator

Suzanne Andrews, Assistant State Coordinator

Rebecca Maloney, County Coordinator

Contact Information for USGenWeb:

National Coordinator: Linda K. Lewis  

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