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History & History-related items

City Attractions


Community events.

Organizations, Churches, and Sports.



Statistics & Facts

The Montana state capital is Helena.
The population of Colstrip is approximately 2214 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 1,178 (1990), 863 (2010).
The amount of land area in Colstrip is 14.825 sq. kilometers.
The amount of surface water is 0.72 sq kilometers.
The distance from Colstrip to Washington DC is 1638 miles.
The distance to the Montana state capital is 268 miles. (as the crow flies)
Colstrip is positioned 45.89 degrees north of the equator and 106.63 degrees west of the prime meridian.


in southeastern Montana
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rolling ponderosa pine hills with sandrocks.
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History & History Related Items

Colstrip has been in existence since 1923, but just incorporated in 1999. It was always a "company town". Major industry is coal mining and 4 steam generating power plants.

Founded in 1923 by Northern Pacific Railroad to supply coal for steam locomotives. The Foley Brothers Co. ran the coal mine for 30+ years. The mine shut down in the late 1950's and the town had approximately 100 residents throughout the 1960s. In 1968 the mine was reopened by Western Energy Company, a subsidiary of Montana Power Company.

In the 1970s and 80s, 4 steam generating plants were built. At one point during construction 8,000 people lived in Colstrip. Today, the population is stable at approximately 3,000. The town now boasts more churches than bars and is a good place to live and raise a family.
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The founding of Colstrip


The incorporation of Colstrip



Schoolhouse History and Art Center
400 Woodrose
Phone: 406-748-4822
Historic Colstrip photographs on permanent display as well as rotating art and history exhibits. Housed in Colstrip's oldest school building (circa 1924).
Free admission
Hours: Tues.-Fri., 11a.m. to 5p.m.

Ponderosa Butte Golf Course: Challenging 9 hole course.
Call 406-748-2700

Castle Rock Lake Recreation Area: Non-motorized boating allowed and swimming. 3 mile bike path surrounds man-made lake. Picnic area and sand volleyball.

Numerous parks and bike paths throughout the city.

Excellent school system. Great small town living!
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Colstrip City Government

Colstrip Park & Recreation
110 Park
Colstrip, MT 59323
Phone: 406-748-3326

Colstrip Police Dept
303 Willow Ave
Colstrip, MT 59323
Phone: 406-748-2211

Colstrip Fire Dept
303 Willow Ave
Colstrip, MT 59323
Phone: 406-748-4832

US Post Office
1 Cherry
Colstrip, MT 59323
Phone: 406-748-2100


County Of Rosebud
417 Willow Ave
Colstrip, MT 59323
Phone: 406-748-2800

Colstrip Community Events

June 18, 19, 20, 1999
Colstrip High School All School Reunion
Classes of 1932-1999
Rye Park
Activities in conjunction with Colstrip Days Celebration.
Everyone welcome!
For more information, write PO Box 387, Colstrip, MT 59323

Colstrip Libraries

Bicentennial Library
415 Willow Avenue
Colstrip, MT
Phone: 406-748-3040

Colstrip Schools

Colstrip High School
5000 Pine Butte Dr
Colstrip, MT 59323
Phone: 406-748-2920

Colstrip School District 19
216 Olive Dr
Colstrip, MT 59323
Phone: 406-748-2271

Isabel Bills Elementary School
520 Poplar Dr
Colstrip, MT 59323
Phone: 406-748-3190

Pine Butte Elementary School
2800 Durango Dr
Colstrip, MT 59323
Phone: 406-748-3840

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