Old Historical State, County and City Maps of Montana
Maps of Montana
Most historical maps of Montana were published in atlases. Within the atlases are historical maps, illustrations, and histories many of which contain family names ideal for genealogical research.
Montana maps can be very useful in conducting 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.
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.
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
- unorg. = unorganized
- g. = gained
- w. = with
- fr. = from
- atmt. = attachment
- exch = exchanged
- nca.= non county area
- ch. = changed
- Be – Beaverhead
- BH – Big Horn
- Bl – Blaine
- Br – Broadwater
- Cas – Cascade
- Cbn – Carbon
- Ch – Choteau
- Ctr – Carter
- Cu – Custer
- Dan – Daniels
- Daw – Dawson
- DL – Deer Lodge
- Fa – Fallon
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.
Montana Map Links
- 1865 Colton’s World Atlas Map of Montana, Oregon, Washington, Idaho & British Columbia – Map showing the state boundaries in color, including portion of California, Nevada, Dakota and Utah. Relief shown by hachures.
Colton’s General Atlas, Containing One Hundred And Eighty Steel Plate Maps And Plans, On One Hundred And Eight Imperial Folio Sheets, Drawn By G. Woolworth Colton. Letter-Press Descriptions, Geographical, Statistical, And Historical,
- Johnson’s 1870 World Atlas Map of Montana, Nebraska, Dakota, Idaho, and Wyoming –
Johnson’s New Illustrated Family Atlas Of The World, Was Awarded The First Prize Medal At The Universal Exposition Of 1867, In Paris, With A Treatise On Physical Geography. With Descriptions, Geographical, Statistical, And Historical Data
- Cram’s 1878 National Rail Road & Township Atlas Map of Montana –
Cram’s Standard American Atlas Of The United States, Compiled from the very latest sources, showing Railroads, Rivers, Counties, Towns, Villages, Post Offices, Population, &c., to date.
- 1879 Rand, McNally & Co.’s National Atlas Map of Montana – Counties in outline color. Relief shown by hachures.
Rand, McNally & Co.’s Business Atlas Containing Large Scale Maps of Each State and Territory of the United States, The Provinces Of Canada, West India Islands, Etc., Etc. Together with a Complete Reference Map of the World … Accompanied by a New and Original Compilation and Ready Reference Index, Showing in Detail the Entire Railroad System of North America
- 1880 Montana Map
Mitchell’s new general atlas, containing maps of the various countries of the World, plans of cities, etc., embraced in ninety-three quarto maps. Forming a series of one hundred and forty-seven maps and plans. Together with valuable statistical tables. Also, a list of post-offices of the United States and territories, and census of 1860 and 1870.
- 1882 Montana Map
- 1884 Montana Map
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