Photo courtesy: John Ansotegui
J.J. Thornton started the community of Edgar in 1907 when he purchased the Pendergast homestead and named it for his brother Edgar. Thornton insisted on a "dry" town and the establishment of a park near the railroad tracks, and he encouraged development of other businesses by donating land for the new town.(Copyright 2009, Montana Historical Society: Montana Place Names from Alzada to Zortman, Montana Historical Society Research Center Staff)
Edgar is located near the Crow Indian Reservation near Pryor, the home and gravesite of the well-known Crow Chief, Plenty Coups. At Chief Plenty Coups State Park there is a display of Crow artifacts and history, and a scenic picnic area.
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