Old Historical State, County and City Maps of Montana
Maps of Montana
Maps can be very useful in conducting Montana research, especially in light of the now extinct communities. Several kinds of maps are available which can help in locating land, mining claims, ghost towns, or ranches. Most historical maps of Montana were published in atlases.
The U.S. Geological Survey topographical maps for Montana can be ordered through the USGS website or the Montana office at 3162 Bozeman Ave., Helena, MT 59601.
The libraries in the state designated by the U.S. Geological Survey as map depository libraries are the Montana Historical Society; Montana State University–Billings; Montana State University–Bozeman; Montana Tech at the University of Montana, Butte; Montana State University–Northern, Havre; Montana State Library, Helena; and the University of Montana, Missoula.
The Montana Territory was organized on May 26, 1864. The State of Montana was created as the 41st state on November 8, 1889.
The 10 largest cities in Montana are Billings, Missoula, Great Falls, Bozeman, Butte-Silver Bow, Helena, Kalispell, Havre, Anaconda–Deer Lodge County and Miles City.
Map of Montana County Formations 1848-1950
This Interactive Montana County Maps show the historical boundaries, names, organization, and attachments of every county, extinct county and unsuccessful county proposal from 1848 to 1950. Montana contains 56 counties.
Montana County Map Abbreviations
Old Historical Atlas Maps of Montana
This Historical Montana Map Collection are from original copies so you can see Montana as our ancestors saw them over a hundred years ago.
Some Montana map years (not all) have cities, railroads, P.O. locations, township outlines and other features useful to the Montana researcher.
External Montana Links
Montana County Map of Road and Highway's
The Montana D.O.T. Highway Department has prepared a series of 2017 county road maps. These maps contain more detailed information about man-made features than the geological survey maps. In addition to roads and boundaries, these maps include rural communities, churches, and cemeteries.
These maps are downloadable and are in PDF format. The main use of these are the locations of all known cemeteries in a county and of course the various roads and church locations. These Maps are Free to Download.
Always up to date live Interactive Maps can be found here: Highway Systems