Alzada, Montana

Alzada, also Stoneville is an unincorporated community and census-designated place in Carter County in the southeastern corner of the U.S. state of Montana. As of the 2010 census it had a population of 29.[1] It is located at the intersection of U.S. Route 212 with Montana Secondary Highways 323 and 326, near the Wyoming and South Dakota borders. The Little Missouri River flows northwards to the west of the community. Alzada is in the Mountain Time Zone.

Unincorporated community
Alzada Post Office
Alzada Post Office
CountryUnited States
Elevation2,828 ft (862 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total29
Time zoneUTC-7 (Mountain (MST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-6 (MDT)
ZIP codes59311
Area code(s)406


Alzada was first established in 1878, by 9th U.S. Infantry soldiers as Camp Devin, on the Deadwood, Dakota Territory to Fort Keogh, Montana Territory telegraph line. It was called the Little Missouri River Telegraph Station, and manned by soldiers of the 7th U.S. Cavalry. Then it was named Stoneville, after the local bartender Lou Stone.[2] It served as a stagecoach stop between Deadwood and Miles City, Montana. It was the site of a gun battle in 1884 between local authorities and rustlers known as the Exelby gang. The town's name was changed from Stoneville in 1885, because of confusion with another similarly named community. The name "Alzada" came from an early settler named Laura Alzada Shelden.[3] Later settlers of the area were largely homesteaders. In 1890, Private Peter Thompson, a 7th Cavalry survivor and recipient of the Medal of Honor for the Battle of the Little Bighorn, moved from Lead, Dakota Territory, with his brother William and homesteaded north of Alzada on the Little Missouri River at Nine Mile Creek.

Alzada was briefly in the news in September 1997, when a B-1 bomber crashed nearby.


According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Alzada has a semi-arid climate, abbreviated "BSk" on climate maps.[4]

Calcite stalactite from Alzada, renowned for their form and color


  1. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Alzada CDP, Montana". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved October 8, 2014.
  2. ^ Carkeek Cheney, Roberta (1983). Names on the Face of Montana. Missoula, Montana: Mountain Press Publishing Company. p. 5. ISBN 0-87842-150-5.
  3. ^ Aarstad, Rich, Ellie Arguimbau, Ellen Baumler, Charlene Porsild, and Brian Shovers. "Montana Place Names from Alzada to Zortman" Archived 2009-10-08 at the Wayback Machine.. Montana Historical Society Press.
  4. ^ Climate Summary for Alzada, Montana

Coordinates: 45°01′23″N 104°24′45″W / 45.02306°N 104.41250°W

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