Photo by Steve Allison
|Plentiful big game and picturesque
prairies are two enduring symbols of southeastern Montana.
Miles City, Montana is the seat
of Custer County. The city, which was incorporated in 1887,
was named for the Army officer who subdued the Indians -
Gen. Nelson Appleton Miles. The county was named for the
Army officer who was subdued by the Indians - Lt. Col. George
Miles City and the area owes its start to the soldiers
who carved civilization from the Eastern Montana plains,
but it was the people's pioneer spirit that helped it prevail.
That, and the much-chronicled cattle drives from Texas,
along with the lifeblood of the railroad.
Today, Miles City is still a thriving center of commerce.
It is the largest city in Southeastern Montana and the hub
of activity for the region. Growth is evident in a steadily
expanding business district and new medical campus, but
the community remains true to its friendly, small-town atmosphere.
Photo by Steve Allison
|Miles City's patch of the Yellowstone
River is a wonderful place to fish or idle away an afternoon
with friends. The Tongue River also offers good fishing
and a nice peaceful float.
We like the pace a bit slower in these parts. Unless,
of course, you happen to be here during the "World Famous
Miles City Bucking Horse Sale." Always the third weekend
in May, this event - dubbed the "Cowboy Mardis Gras" - consists
of three days of broncs being ridden and auctioned off,
plus street dances in the "people corral" on Main Street
and other western activities. Miles City's population of
about 8,500 easily doubles with visitors from the states
The Bucking Horse Sale is just one of many tributes to
the area's lasting agriculture influence. Ranch and farm
families are among the largest contributors to the local
economy, and to the community's character.
Custer County has
a beauty all its own. In many places, the prairie seems
to stretch on forever, but we also have our breathtaking
buttes, rolling hills and awe-inspiring badlands. The Yellowstone
and Tongue rivers offer prime fishing and recreational opportunities.
There's also no shortage of good habitat for big game hunting,
particularly for whitetail and mule deer. In Miles City,
you can easily spend a day roaming the Range Riders Museum
and Custer County Art Center.
But one of the best features of this area is its people,
who will show you firsthand what Western hospitality is
all about! So spend some time in cowboy country with us!