Montana Place Names from Alzada to Zortman
A Montana Historical Society Guide

by Montana Historical Society Research Center Staff

published by Montana Historical Society Press

  • Montana Place Names are as varied as its terrain. Some are predictable, no-nonsense monikers commemorating the person or family who settled there. Others are combinations, such as Wilsall for Will and Sally Jordan or Skalkaho from the Salish words skalkalen (beaver) and kalalko (green wood). Great Northern Railway officials, faced with hundreds of stations and communities to name, gave new meaning to "globe-trotting" by picking blindfolded from the globe. Hence Zurich, Dunkirk, and Malta. Native inhabitants gave names to Cut Bank Creek, Missoula, and Red Lodge. Other names are whimsical. Or puzzling. Montana places have had two, three, sometimes four different labels.

    Flip through these pages and find yourself exploring Montana. The full-color map and three-way cross-references make it a cinch to find any place. This book is designed to be dog-eared and marked up, stashed in a handy place until yet another name provokes your curiosity. Consult it often while the panorama of Montana unfolds in your windshield or a friendly debate erupts at the dinner table. Each entry is a guaranteed conversation starter and a little eye-opener about Montana's rich history.

360 pages, 6 x 9 , 27 map(s), index, 16 softcovers per case, Perfect Bound

ISBN 10: 097591961X
ISBN 13: 9780975919613

Back in Print! June 17, 2019

    Montana Place Names from Alzada to Zortman explores the origins of more than 1,200 place names. Written by Montana Historical Society staff and drawing on the expertise of historians from around the state, this book includes entries describing towns and cities, geographic features, parks and battlefields, properties on the National Register of Historic Places, and more. The full-color maps and extensive index help readers to pinpoint every place described, and historic images reveal the Montana of yesteryear.





Montana Place Names from Alzada to Zortman
A Montana Historical Society Guide

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For more than two years, five staff members from the Montana Historical Society Research Center in Helena--Rich Aarstad, Ellie Arguimbau, Ellen Baumler, Charlene Porsild, and Brian Shovers--researched Montana’s varied place names. Using a Montana state highway map as their guide, they set out to find the history behind the naming of more than 1,000 Montana places. Collectively, the authors represent decades of archival and historical research experience.

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