Hardin, Montana

Hardin, Montana
This train depot was moved from Lodge Grass to Hardin and is now a museum
Hardin, Montana
Hardin in the 1920's

Hardin is located where it is simply because it happens to be between Sheridan, Wyoming and Billings, Montana. The location was chosen by the Lincoln Land Company of Nebraska in 1906 when they bought a large chunk of the surrounding area, and they sold the first surveyed lot in town in 1907. They named the town after Samuel H. Hardin, a Wyoming cattleman and good friend of CH Morrill, president of the Lincoln Land Company.

The local area had already been a major cattle producing region since the 1880's. Sheep ranchers moved in a few years after the cattle ranchers and the area is now also a major sheep and wool producer. Many of the ranchers in the area first came here during the days of the big cattle drives out of Texas, and their descendants are still here.

Hardin is right against the northern boundary of the Crow Indian Reservation, just west of the confluence of the Bighorn and Little Bighorn Rivers.

Hardin, Montana
Hardin City Hall and Administrative Offices
Fast Facts about Hardin, Montana
Hardin, Big Horn County, MT 59034
Incorporated: 1911
Elevation: 2,907'
Latitude: 45.7231°N
Longitude: 107.6125°W
Resident Racial Breakdown:
White Non-Hispanic: 45.5%
Hispanic: 6.3%
Native American: 43.5%
Asian: 1.8%
Two or More Races: 2.8%
High School or Higher: 76.6%
Bachelor's Degree or Higher: 17.6%
Graduate or Professional Degree: 6.5%
2009 Estimates:
Population: 3,532
Males: 1,661
Females: 1,871
Median Resident Age: 33.8 Years
Estimated Median Household Income: $27,400
Estimated Median Home Value: $84,900
Population Density: 2,521 People per Square Mile
2011 Cost of Living Index for Hardin: 84.4
Major Industries:
Educational Services, Health Care, Construction, Lodging & Food Services, Government, Agriculture, Retail Services, Social Services, Finance & Insurance Services
Unemployed (March 2011): 13.3%
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