Sun River, Montana

The post office was established in Sun River in 1868, one of the first post offices in Montana. The settlement is at an easy ford in a bend of the Sun River, about 18 miles west of Great Falls. This was on the Mullan Road, a route used to get from the head of navigation on the Missouri River at Fort Benton to the gold fields of western and southern Montana, although many travelers used the route to get to Fort Walla Walla in Washington Territory, too. Back in those days, Sun River was a rowdy place where miners, trappers and bullwhackers came together on the edge of Blackfeet country.

The Sun River the town is named for begins deep in the Bob Marshall Wilderness to the west. The Sun is a very scenic river that offers world-class fly-fishing for trout and mountain whitefish.

Fast Facts about Sun River, Montana
Sun River, Cascade County, MT 59483
Census Designated Place
Elevation: 3,412'
Latitude: 47.5319°N
Longitude: 111.7296°W
Resident Racial Breakdown:
White Non-Hispanic: 75.8%
Native American: 4.5%
Two or more races: 19.7%
High School or Higher: 89.0%
Bachelor's Degree or Higher: 17.1%
Graduate or Professional Degree: 2.4%
2009 Estimates:
Population: 133
Males: 63
Females: 70
Median Resident Age: 38.9 Years
Estimated Median Household Income: $29,200
Estimated Median Home Value: $88,150
Population Density: 73 People per Square Mile
2011 Cost of Living Index for Sun River: 88.5
Major Industries:
Lodging & Food Services, Construction, Educational Services, Health Care, Agriculture, Finance & Insurance Services, Natural Resources Extraction, Transportation Services, Telecommunications, Waste Management Services, Retail Services, Professional Services
Unemployed (March 2011): 6.9%
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