Golden Valley History


Golden Valley county was formed in 1920. Ryegate is the county seat, and is situated on the north bank of the Musselshell River. The Milwaukee Road established Ryegate in 1908 as a depot and station stop.

1930 Census, the first for this county First Sheriff for the county
Pine Island School - Big Coulee Tragedy in Golden Valley, 1938
Trivia Corner
  • The Montana Yogo Sapphire is the only North American gem to be included in the Crown Jewels of England.

  • There are more animals in Montana than there are people.

  • Two of the nation's major river systems, the Missouri and Columbia, are born high in the Rocky Mountains of Montana.

  • Montana is known as the headwaters state because much of the water which flows to the rest of the nation comes from the mountains of Montana.

  • Montana is the only state with a triple divide allowing water to flow into the Pacific, Atlantic, and Hudson Bay. This phenomenon occurs at Triple Divide Peak in Glacier National Park.

  • Much of Montana was acquired by the U.S. from France as part of the Louisiana Purchase in 1803.

  • Manuel Lisa built the first fur trading post in Montana on the confluence of the Bighorn and Yellowstone Rivers in 1807

  • Western Montana was obtained from Great Britain in the Oregon Treaty of 1846

  • In June of 1862 the Sioux Indians defeated Col. George Armstrong Custer and the 7th Cavalry at Battle of Little Big Horn River.

  • Between 1880 and 1890, the population of Montana grew from about 39,000 to nearly 143,000.

  • In 1888 Helena had more millionaires per capita than any other city in the world.

  • November 8, 1889, Montana became the 41st state.

  • In 1890 the first hydroelectric dam was built in Great Falls.

  • In 1902 a train trip of 395 miles would take about 19 hours.

  • Golden Valley County was established on March 8th, 1920. It was created after the Musselshell County Commissioners petitioned to divide Musselshell County into smaller sections.

  • In 1923 the Jack Dempsey-Tommy Gibbons world heavyweight championship fight is staged in Shelby.

Facts about Golden Valley County

NICKNAME: Treasure State - Montana is also known as Big Sky Country; Land of the Shining Mountains; Mountain State; Bonanza State and Headwaters State.
State Animal: Grizzly Bear
State Bird: Western Meadowlark
State Fish: Blackspotted Cutthroat Trout
State Flower: Bitterroot
State Fossil: Duck-billed dinosaur (Maiasaura Peeblesorum)
State Gemstones: Sapphire & Agate
State Grass: Bluebunch Wheatgrass
State Tree: Ponderosa Pine
State Butterfly: Mourning Cloak
Neighboring Counties:
Fergus | Musselshell | Yellowstone | Stillwater | Sweet Grass | Wheatland
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