Sun River was in Lewis and Clark County, Montana Territory, when the post office was established in 1868. It is eighteen miles west of Great Falls and one of the oldest settlements still active in the state. The crossing here was used by travelers going from Fort Benton to the gold fields in western Montana. Before the railroads came, this was a lively place where miners, trappers, and bullwhackers met. A great stampede for what proved to be false gold discoveries occurred in the winter of 1866. (from Cheney's Names on the Face of Montana, Mountain Press Publishing Company)
The town of Sun River is located among many Buttes in the Sun River Valley and close to the Rocky Mountains. Ranch life and small town hospitality characterize this small community that shares its name with the Sun River, one of Montana's most beautiful and scenic rivers. The Sun begins in the Bob Marshall Wilderness and flows southeast to Great Falls where it meets the Missouri River. You will enjoy great fishing for trout and mountain whitefish as well as excellent boating on Gibson Reservoir.
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