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Rosebud, a name inspired by the wild roses that grow profusely in Montana, is the name of the town, the county, and river. (from Cheney's Names on the Face of Montana, Mountain Press Publishing Company) Rosebud is located along the Yellowstone River. The region was originally explored and used by the fur traders. Rosebud Creek was popular with the beaver trappers.
Near the town of Rosebud is Rosebud Battlefield State Park. Here, General Custer camped at the mouth of Rosebud Creek before traveling up that creek on his way to the Little Bighorn in his ill-fated campaign against the Indians. On June 17, 1876, just prior to Custer's Last Stand, over 1,300 soldiers, scouts, and miners were met in battle by an equal number of Sioux and Cheyenne warriors along the hills of Rosebud Creek. Montana State Parks has developed a self-guided walking tour at the Rosebud Battlefield site.
A site of interest is a non-denominational Rosebud Chapel, which is the oldest continuously operating church in the state. It was built in 1906 by early residents in the area. Fishing, swimming, and boating may be enjoyed on the Yellowstone River from the Far West Fishing Access Site, which is one mile north of Rosebud on Highway 446. Drive half a mile west on the county road.
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