Broadus Montana is a great historic ranching town with excellent hotel accommodations
by Michele Kadison
Broadus is a great stop for Montana family vacations, with a chance to learn about western cowboy culture.
The town was named for the Broadus family who settled on the Powder River in the early days when settlers were coming in droves to the West. Originally a cattle town, Broadus sits in the southeast edge of the state where the Powder and the Little Powder rivers come together.
Broadus became famous for the Belle oil fields, which heralded in its renown as an oil town. Broadus is also a strong ranching as well as farming region due to the rich soil that originates from the Powder River Valley. The town itself attracts a lot of commercial and tourist activity as it conveniently sits along Highway 212, making it an easy stop.
Make sure to visit the Powder River Museum where you can see the town’s original county jail, antique cars, a general store, photographs that commemorate the region from the days of the Wild West, and numerous Native American artifacts. Another museum of interest is Mac’s Museum, named after pioneer Mac McCurdy. Here you can see the over 200,000 seashells he collected over the years along with his wonderful collection of minerals. Another Broadus favorite is the Powder River Taxidermy Wildlife Museum where you can see many wildlife mounts as well as antique guns and art.
Broadus hosts a wealth of fun festivals every year, including the County Fair, the Powder River Buffalo Shoot, and the Chokeberry Festival. Be sure to take advantage of the Powder River Wagon Trains and Cattle Drive, Inc. where you can hop on a horse to trail some cattle or journey by covered wagon through some of the most magnificent countryside in southeast Montana.
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