Welcome to the official website for The City Of Big Timber.
Big Timber is located in south-central Montana bordered by the Yellowstone and Boulder Rivers.
Captain William Clark led The Corps of Discovery into what is now Sweet Grass County in 1806, but it wasn’t until 1883, and the Northern Pacific Railroad came through, that Big Timber (formerly named Dornix) was born. A railroad station was constructed at Dornix, a small settlement at the confluence of the Boulder and Yellowstone rivers, whose economy revolved around a sawmill. Within a very short time, Dornix moved to higher ground and renamed Big Timber for the large cottonwood trees growing along the rivers. Big Timber was within the Crow Indian reservation lands until 1891 when the Crow Nation ceded their lands west of the Boulder River to the United States Government.
In 1880, two Irishmen, Charles McDonnell, and Edward Veasey drove 3,000 head of sheep from California to Montana, beginning a long history of sheep and cattle ranching in the area. In 1901 the first woolen mill in Montana was built in Big Timber, and at one time Big Timber shipped more wool than any other city in the United States. While farming and ranching are still the backbones of the area, platinum/palladium mining has become a major contributor to the economy.
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THE POOL IS OPEN
WE WILL BE FOLLOWING SOCIAL DISTANCING GUIDELINES SET FOR BY THE GOVERNOR FOR PHASE II:
THE POOL WILL BE CLOSED SATURDAY JULY 4TH FOR THE HOLIDAY
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Per City code 7-3-7, vegetation over 8" in height must be removed from all properties by July 1st of each year, to mitigate fire hazards. After June 30th , the city will cut non-conforming properties at 100.00 per hour. the resulting charges will either be billed to the property owner, or added to the tax bill billed to property owners, or added to the tax bill for that property. Big Timber City Council
Public Announcement – Public Health reminder of COVID-19 during crowded events
The Unified Command group for Sweet Grass County and City of Big Timber Emergency Operations Center continues to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic. As Montana enters into phase two of the re-opening, the number of people infected with Covi-19 has risen in Montana. In an effort to protect the health of our state and community, the members of the Unified Command are reminding people that events or gatherings of more than 50 people are not recommended if social distancing cannot be maintained.
The EOC would like to encourage those planning events of greater than 50 people in Sweet Grass County to consult the Governor’s Phase 2 reopening plan and the Center for Disease Control for suggestions. We would also encourage those planning events to contact The Sweet Grass County Public Health Nurse at (406) 932 5449 or email@example.com. The Public Health Nurse has a form available to assist you during event planning and they can provide assistance in reviewing your plan.
CDC Guidance for Mass Gathering and Events https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/large-events/considerations-for-events-gatherings.html
Governor’s Phase 2 plan: https://covid19.mt.gov/