Dawson County, Montana

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Bell Street, Glendive MT - 1913

Photo: Bell Street, Glendive, Dawson County, MT - 1913

Hi, my name is Sara Cross and I am the County Coordinator for Dawson county. If you have any questions please feel free to email me sara.cross88@gmail.com and I'll be more than happy to try and help. I would like to mention that I don't live in Dawson county so I'm not able to do research. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Dawson County was created in January 15, 1869 from the northern half of the original Big Horn County. The name comes from Major Andrew Dawson, manager of the Fort Benton Trading Post for the American Fur Company from 1856 to 1864. The legislature chose Fort Peck as the county seat but attached the county to Chouteau County for legislative representation. Over the years, Dawson County lost territory, which formed all of the counties now in northeastern Montana. Glendive, an important station along the Northern Pacific Railway, is the modern county seat and largest town in Dawson county.
- from "Montana Place Names Companion" - September 22, 2012 and Wikipedia (www.wikipedia.org)


Dawson county is located in the far eastern part of the state. It is only about 15-20 miles from the western border of North Dakota. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the total area of the county is 2,383 square miles (6,171.9 km2) and only 10 miles of that is water. With an estimated population of 9,249 people in the 2012 U.S. Census, there are only 3 people for every square mile of Dawson county! 

Over the years parts of Dawson county have been lost to other neighboring counties, Valley County in 1893, Richland County and a part of Wibaux County in 1914, a part of Prairie County is 1915 and Garfield and  part of McCone county in 1919.

Dawson County Photos
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Arnett Cemetery
Bethlehem Mennonite Cemetery
Dawson County Cemetery
Dawson Memorial Cemetery
Glueckstal Cemetery
Grand View Cemetery
Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery
Jehovah Lutheran Cemetery
Klempel Cemetery
Marsh Cemetery
Missouri Lutheran Cemetery
Pleasant View Cemetery
Prairie Lawn Cemetery
Red Top Mennonite Cemetery
Richey Cemetery
Union Cemetery
West Church Cemetery

Find A Grave - A fantastic resource to search for family members

National Register of Historic Places - The National Park Service is currently digitizing their records so some states may not be done yet. They have a list of states that are completed. Montana has not been completed yet so check back often!

Dawson County:

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Little Shell Tribe of Montana

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Dawson County message board
Little Shell Tribe Bulletin Board
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Montana Unknowns message board

Military: Montana
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Vietnam By Hometown of Record

Neighboring Counties:
Richland County - North
Wibaux County - East
Prairie County - South
McCone County - West


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Dawson County Courthouse

207 West Bell
Glendive, MT 59330
County Clerk & Recorders Office
Phone: 406-337-3058

This site last updated March 7, 2014
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