Simms, Montana

Congress passed the Reclamation Act and it was signed into law by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1902. In 1906, the Sun River Irrigation Project was begun as part of the "process" of reclamation. Simms was built on 160 acres in a low spot surrounded by buttes and benches in the Sun River Valley about 30 miles west of Great Falls and 35 miles south of Chouteau near the northwest corner of Cascade County. This was an area just east of Simms Creek that farmers (and government agents) thought might be good for the growing of hay and grains. Prior to that, the area had been cattle country (and still is to a lesser extent).

The first non-Alaskan dog musher to win the famous Iditarod Dog Sled Race (in Alaska) was from Simms (Doug Swindley back in 1995). Simms is famous among outdoorsmen for the high quality of the local fishing and hunting. Simms is also in the news in Montana these days because of the state's expanding population of grizzly bears...

Fast Facts about Simms, Montana
Simms, Cascade County, MT 59477
Census Designated Place
Elevation: 3,570'
Latitude: 47.49°N
Longitude: 111.9321°W
Resident Racial Breakdown:
White Non-Hispanic: 91.2%
Hispanic: 1.6%
Native American: 6.4%
Other: 0.5%
Two or more races: 1.9%
Korean: 0.5%
High School or Higher: 74.1%
Bachelor's Degree or Higher: 11.8%
Graduate or Professional Degree: 2.2%
2009 Estimates:
Population: 380
Males: 197
Females: 183
Median Resident Age: 43.6 Years
Estimated Median Household Income: $37,800
Estimated Median Home Value: $111,600
Population Density: 49 People per Square Mile
2011 Cost of Living Index for Simms: 88.5
Major Industries:
Educational Services, Agriculture, Construction, Grocery Stores, Telecommunications, Transportation Services, Natural Resources Extraction, Social Services, Retail Services, Utilities, Farm Products Wholesalers
Unemployed (March 2011): 6.9%
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