Red Lodge, Montana

Red Lodge, Montana
On Main Street in Red Lodge

The area where Red Lodge now sits was given to the Crow Nation under a treaty signed on September 17, 1851. Then coal was discovered on the property in 1866 and gold in 1870. The US Government renegotiated the treaty with the Crows and opened the area around Red Lodge for settlement starting on April 11, 1882. The Red Lodge Post Office opened for business on December 9, 1884 and a rail line was built into town shortly after that. Coal shipments began in June, 1889. The boundaries of the Crow Reservation were redrawn again on October 15, 1892 and the whole area was opened for settlement. By that time, the population of Red Lodge was officially 1,180.

Work on the Beartooth Highway, a paved route linking Red Lodge with the northeastern corner of Yellowstone National Park was begun in 1931 and completed in 1936. Later on, the Red Lodge Mountain Resort was built outside of Red Lodge.

Fast Facts about Red Lodge, Montana
Red Lodge, Carbon County, MT 59068
Elevation: 5,568'
Latitude: 45.1875°N
Longitude: 109.2485°W
Resident Racial Breakdown:
White Non-Hispanic: 93.8%
Hispanic: 1.0%
Native American: 2.5%
Two or More Races: 2.7%
High School or Higher: 89.0%
Bachelor's Degree or Higher: 24.0%
Graduate or Professional Degree: 6.2%
2009 Estimates:
Population: 2,483
Males: 1,199
Females: 1,284
Median Resident Age: 41.7 Years
Estimated Median Household Income: $49,200
Estimated Median Home Value: $197,200
Population Density: 965 People per Square Mile
2011 Cost of Living Index for Red Lodge: 90.3
Major Industries:
Lodging & Food Services, Health Care, Construction, Educational Services, Mining, Agriculture & Forestry, Professional Services, Transportation Services, Government, Entertainment & Recreation, Automotive Services
Unemployed (March 2011): 6.6%
Photo of downtown Red Lodge courtesy of Velela.
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