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.

Alzada
Alzada Post Office
Alzada Post Office
CountryUnited States
StateMontana
CountyCarter
Elevation
2,828 ft (862 m)
Population
(2010)
 • Total29
Time zoneUTC-7 (Mountain (MST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-6 (MDT)
ZIP codes
59311
Area code(s)406

History

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.

Climate

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

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Calcite stalactite from Alzada, renowned for their form and color

References

  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

Camp Devin

Camp Devin was a temporary United States army camp established on June 30, 1878 during the building of the Fort Keogh-Deadwood Telegraph Line. It was named for Brevet Brigadier General Thomas C. Devin, and abandoned in late 1878.

Fortyeight Mile Creek

Fortyeight Mile Creek is a stream in the U.S. states of Montana and South Dakota.Fortyeight Mile Creek was named for its distance, 48 miles (77 km) from Alzada, Montana.

Hammond, Montana

Hammond is an Unincorporated community in Carter County, Montana, United States with a post office. It is located about 30 miles (48 km) southeast of the town of Broadus, Montana along U.S. Highway 212. Its elevation is 3,711 feet.

In the 21st century, Hammond has consisted only of an active post office and a rancher's home. Three other buildings along the highway are abandoned and deteriorated beyond use. Hammond is located in the southeast corner of the state, near the Montana-Wyoming border between the unincorporated communities of Boyes and Alzada in Carter County. Hammond is 61 miles (98 km) southwest of the Carter County seat, Ekalaka. The area around Hammond is mostly ranchland.

List of state highways in Wyoming

The state highway system in the U.S. state of Wyoming consists of a series of numbered routes; usually known as WYO X, where X is the route number.

Ridge, Montana

Ridge is an Unincorporated community in Carter County, Montana, United States. It is located about 15 miles (24 km) south of Boyes, Montana, and about 16 miles (26 km) east of Biddle, Montana. Its elevation is 3,970 feet.

U.S. Route 212

U.S. Route 212 (US 212) is a spur of U.S. Route 12. It does not intersect U.S. 12 now, but it once had an eastern terminus at U.S. 12 in St. Paul, Minnesota. It runs for 949 miles (1,527 km) from Minnesota Highway 62 at Edina, Minnesota to Yellowstone National Park.

U.S. 212 passes through the states of Minnesota, South Dakota, Wyoming, and Montana. It goes through the cities of Watertown, South Dakota and Billings, Montana.

Wyoming Highway 112

Wyoming Highway 112 is a 29.50-mile (47.5 km) state highway in north-central Crook County, Wyoming that runs from Hulett to the Montana-Wyoming State Line.

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