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Old Historical City, County and State Maps of Montana

Discover the past of Montana through State maps in our online collection of old historical maps that span over 150 years of growth. View Montana Maps such as historical county boundaries changes, old vintage maps, as well as road / highway maps for all 56 counties in 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.

Map of Montana with the counties and the county seats

Map of Montana with the counties and the county seats

The Montana Territory was organized on May 26, 1864. The State of Montana was created as the 41st state on November 8, 1889.

States bordering Montana are North DakotaIdahoWyomingSouth DakotaBritish Columbia, Canada and Alberta, Canada.

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.

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

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 Formation by Year

Montana County Map Abbreviations

  1. unorg. = unorganized
  2. g. = gained
  3. w. = with
  4. fr. = from
  5. atmt. = attachment
  6. exch = exchanged
  7. nca.= non county area
  8. ch. = changed
  9. Be – Beaverhead
  10. BH – Big Horn
  11. Bl – Blaine
  12. Br – Broadwater
  13. Cas – Cascade
  14. Cbn – Carbon
  15. Ch – Choteau
  16. Ctr – Carter
  17. Cu – Custer
  18. Dan – Daniels
  19. Daw – Dawson
  20. DL – Deer Lodge
  21. Fa – Fallon
  1. Fe – Fergus
  2. Fl – Flathead
  3. Gal – Gallatin
  4. Gar – Garfield
  5. Gl – Glacier
  6. Gr – Granite
  7. GV – Golden Valley
  8. Hi – Hill
  9. JB – Judith Basin
  10. Je – Jefferson
  11. L&C – Lewis and Clark
  12. La – Lake
  13. Lib – Liberty
  14. Lin – Lincoln
  15. Ma – Madison
  16. McC – McCone
  17. Me – Meagher
  18. Min – Mineral
  19. Mis – Missoula
  20. Mu – Musselshell
  21. Pa – Park
  1. Pe – Petroleum
  2. Ph – Phillips
  3. Pon – Pondera
  4. Pow – Powell
  5. PR – Powder River
  6. Pr – Prairie
  7. Ra – Ravalli
  8. Ri – Richland
  9. Roo – Roosevelt
  10. Ros – Rosebud
  11. Sa – Sanders
  12. SB – Silver Bow
  13. SG – Sweet Grass
  14. Sh – Sheridan
  15. St – Stillwater
  16. Te – Teton
  17. To – Toole
  18. Tr – Treasure
  19. Va – Valley
  20. Wh – Wheatland

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

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