Welcome to Garfield County, Montana
Image Courtesy of KariLyn Honadel
Located in the northeastern portion of the State of Montana,
Garfield County is 4,840 square miles in size. It is bordered on the
North by Fort Peck Lake and the Missouri River, as well as by
Phillips and Valley Counties. Petroleum County is to the West,
Rosebud and Custer Counties lay to the South, and McCone and Prairie
Counties are to the East.
1930 Map of Garfield County.
Garfield County was created in 1919 out of Dawson
County, one of the original sixteen counties at Statehood. Most of
Garfield County is drained by Big Dry Creek, mentioned in the Lewis
and Clark Journals. Large cattle companies made use of the open range
until the late 1880's, when the first fenced ranches began to form.
Many of these early ranchers were cowboys employed, or formerly
employed, by the large cattle companies. The population of the Big
Dry Creek Country increased greatly during the homestead boom between
1900 and 1920. After 1920, the population declined, and Old homestead
lands returned to grazing land. Garfield County remains ranch country
to the present day. The county seat is Jordan. In 2010, the county
had a population of over 1,200.
The county has an active historical society.
County contacts, as well as links to the Garfield County Historical
Society, Message boards and other helpful sites can be found on the
Neighboring MTGenWeb County Sites
and USGenWeb Resources
1930 County map from
The Literary Digest 1931 Atlas of the World and Gazetteer By
Rand McNally and Company. Dan Shurtliff is your MTGenWeb Project
Volunteer for Garfield County. If you have questions about this site,
or have ideas for improvements, feel free to
me. I am unable to do research.
This website was last updated
April 8, 2019.