Welcome to Brockway, Montana

In 1910, 3 Brockway brothers filed on adjoining homesteads along the fertile Redwater River near here. The area was a long way from everywhere, so they established a small trading center on brother James's homestead to provide supplies and other services to their neighbors. By 1913, the settlement's importance to the area justified opening a post office. That same year, the Great Northern Railway announced plans to build a line across central Montana. Anticipating its route, the Brockways platted a new town and relocated their group of buildings to the new townsite. This haphazard set of buildings provided the core of a thriving commercial district that included 20 businesses at the town's height in the late 1910s. The railroad didn't materialize and the Brockways fortunes faded until the Northern Pacific Railway's Redwater branch line reached the town in 1928. Brockway's economy boomed by the mid-1930s as it became a major shipping point for livestock and grain.(Copyright 2009, Montana Historical Society: Montana Place Names from Alzada to Zortman, Montana Historical Society Research Center Staff)