Cascade, Montana

A southern view near Cascade, Montana
A southern view near Cascade
Cascade, Montana, former home of Charles Marion Russell

Cascade was once the home of Charles Marion Russell, one of the greatest of America's Western artists. It was in Cascade in 1896 that he met and married Nancy, the wife who handled his business affairs, made him famous and watched over his legacy after his death in 1926.

Cascade had several names between the time of the first building in 1879 and when the Great Northern Railroad built their line up the Missouri River Valley in 1886-1887. A siding was built at the site of Cascade and housing was constructed for the railroad crews. In 1888, a townsite was surveyed and platted by Thomas Gorham (the local postmaster and one of the town's first retailers). The rapid influx of new settlers caused the town fathers to add to the original plat as a grain elevator, creamery, drug store, more retail stores, stockyards, shearing sheds, banks and saloons were added to Cascade's inventory of business buildlings. In 1893 a bridge was built across the Missouri River and what was the settlement at St. Clair (across the Missouri from Cascade) migrated into Cascade (even some of the buildings). When Cascade County was first formed, Cascade was a rival for the honor of being the county seat (which eventually went to the younger town of Great Falls).

Cascade saw plenty of growth until the 1920's arrived. By 1930, only half the former businesses in town were still operating. Shortly after that, a good road was built to connect Cascade with Great Falls and folks saw a lot of their business move up that road.

These days, Cascade is still a quiet, agrarian community. There are many spots nearby along the Missouri River that give anglers access to good fishing. This is also a popular area to begin float trips down the Missouri.

Cascade, Montana
"C" Mountain, just outside Cascade
Fast Facts about Cascade, Montana
Cascade, Cascade County, MT 59421
Incorporated: 1911
Elevation: 3,389'
Latitude: 47.2719°N
Longitude: 111.7027°W
Resident Racial Breakdown:
White Non-Hispanic: 96.9%
Hispanic: 0.3%
Native American: 2.8%
High School or Higher: 86.2%
Bachelor's Degree or Higher: 12.3%
Graduate or Professional Degree: 1.9%
2009 Estimates:
Population: 770
Males: 367
Females: 403
Median Resident Age: 39.7 Years
Estimated Median Household Income: $31,800
Estimated Median Home Value: $117,300
Population Density: 1,468 People per Square Mile
2011 Cost of Living Index for Cascade: 87.5
Major Industries:
Educational Services, Construction, Agriculture, Finance & Insurance Services, Lodging & Food Services, Health Care, Government, Social Services, Repair & Maintenance, Transportation Services
Unemployed (March 2011): 6.9%
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