Lima, Montana

Lima, Montana
The historic district of Lima, Montana

Lima is located just north of the Montana-Idaho state line off of the I-15. The original founders named the site Allerdice, then the Utah & Northern Railroad built a depot here and named the place Spring Hill. However, some guy named Henry Thompson is supposed to have changed the name to Lima (after his hometown of Lima, Wisconsin) and that's the name that has stuck. The first post office was established in 1889.

Providing a superb southern backdrop to the town is the Centennial Mountain Range, a steep, often snow-capped range that runs along the Continental Divide, which is also the state line. Also nearby is the Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge, established in 1935 to protect the trumpeter swan. This is an area of the old west where you can hike, hunt, fish, watch birds and relax to your heart's content, far from the maddening crowd... 8 miles northwest of Lima via the I-15 is the exit for Dell and the southern entrance to the Big Sheep Creek Back Country Byway.

Fast Facts about Lima, Montana
Lima, Beaverhead County, MT 59739
Established: 1875
Elevation: 6,257'
Latitude: 44.6358°N
Longitude: 112.5921°W
Resident Racial Breakdown:
White Non-Hispanic: 93.0%
Hispanic: 1.7%
Native American: 5.0%
Other: 1.7%
Two or More Races: 2.5%
High School or Higher: 93.2%
Bachelor's Degree or Higher: 19.3%
Graduate or Professional Degree: 3.7%
2009 Estimates:
Population: 231
Males: 117
Females: 114
Median Resident Age: 44.2 Years
Estimated Median Household Income: $27,400
Estimated Median Home Value: $130,500
Population Density: 419 People per Square Mile
2011 Cost of Living Index for Lima: 88.0
Major Industries:
Lodging & Food Services, Educational Services, Agriculture & Forestry, Government, Construction, Health Care, Miscellaneous Manufacturing, Automotive Services
Unemployed (March 2011): 6.6%
Photo of Lima, Montana courtesy of Mark Hufstetler, CCA ShareAlike 3.0 License.
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