Rolling Hills Golf Course
Photo courtesy: Rolling Hills Golf Course
Broadus is a county seat in the southeast corner of the state near the junction of the Powder and Little Powder Rivers. It was named for the Broaddus family, settlers on the Powder River; one of the d's was left out by mistake. Broadus is often called one of the "biggest little towns in the West." It was a cow town until the nearby Belle oil fields were developednow truckers and oil men are as numerous as cattlemen. Broadus is known today for its cattle, oil and outstanding school system. (from Cheneys Names on the Face of Montana, Mountain Press Publishing Company)
Broadus has several museums of interest. Visitors can stop by the Powder River Historical Museum and Mac's Museum to admire the general store, the original county jail, E. B. Ranch chuckwagon, antique cars, pioneer photos, and Native American artifacts. Plus, the unique minerals and 200,000 seashells collected by pioneer Mac McCurdy can be found in Mac's Museum. The Powder River Taxidermy and Tannery Museum features wildlife mounts, antique and commemorative guns and local art.
Though the resident farmers and ranchers of Broadus prosper as a result of the rich soil in the Powder River Valley, the rest of its citizens also have the advantage of being along US Highway 212, which brings in a substantial amount of commercial and tourist business. The town's major businesses are clustered in a town square in the center of Broadus around a newly renovated county courthouse.
Every year Broadus hosts a Chokecherry Festival, the Powder River Buffalo Shoot and the Powder River County Fair. Elevation: 3,029
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