Radersburg, Montana

Radersburg is a Census Designated Place in Broadwater County near the eastern foothills of the Elkhorn Mountains (well off the beaten path). Famed actress Myrna Loy was born Myrna Williams in Radersburg. Known as the "Queen of the Silver Screen," she appeared in 129 movies from the 1920's to the 1950's.

A large landowner named Ruben Rader donated the land for the townsite, hence the name. The town became necessary in 1866 when John Keating opened the Keating Mine nearby. Then the bigger East Pacific gold claim was discovered north of town in 1867 and the population boomed.

These days, Radersburg is a quiet, almost-ghost-town but there is a possibility the ore mill may reopen to process gold ore from Marysville (another old mining town with a present population of about 70). The problem with re-opening the ore mill is that it is old enough to be exempt from the requirements of the Montana metal-mine reclamation law.

Most traffic in Radersburg these days consists of folks headed into the Elkhorns.

Fast Facts about Radersburg, Montana
Radersburg, Broadwater County, MT 59641
Elevation: 4,321'
Latitude: 46.1948°N
Longitude: 111.6298°W
Resident Racial Breakdown:
White Non-Hispanic: 100.0%
High School or Higher: 79.7%
2009 Estimates:
Population: 73
Males: 40
Females: 33
Median Resident Age: 47.5 Years
Estimated Median Household Income: $14,100
Estimated Median Home Value: $115,100
Population Density: 113 People per Square Mile
2011 Cost of Living Index for Radersburg: 86.7
Unemployed (March 2011): 8.5%
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