Ballantine, Montana

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Ballantine is a census-designated place (CDP) in Yellowstone County, Montana, United States. The population was 346 at the 2000 census. Ballantine, along with the communities of Pompey's Pillar, Worden, and Huntley, is part of the Huntley Project, an irrigation district created by the United States Bureau of Reclamation. The majority of Ballantine's population lives on scattered farms and ranches surrounding the actual townsite.



Ballantine was founded in 1907 as a townsite within the Huntley Project, formerly part of the Crow Indian Reservation. Irrigation slowly changed the sagebrush landscape into farms growing sugar beets, alfalfa, and other crops. The population grew slowly and included many European immigrants. Both Catholic and Lutheran religious services were held here, and a Congregational Church was built. The Anita Dam and Reservoir project, about six miles southeast of Ballantine, was completed in 1937 by Civilian Conservation Corps workers.[1]

In 1896, the Burlington & Missouri River Railroad established Ballantine as a station, named for homesteader E. P. Ballantine. By 1907, the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad had taken over rail operations, and the town had a post office to serve the growing number of area homesteaders.[2]


Ballantine is located at 45°56′55″N 108°8′44″W / 45.94861°N 108.14556°W / 45.94861; -108.14556 (45.948587, -108.145650)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 0.9 square miles (2.4 km²), all of it land.

Ballantine is located near Interstate 94, approximately thirty miles east of Billings.


As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 346 people, 130 households, and 95 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 379.3 people per square mile (146.8/km²). There were 139 housing units at an average density of 152.4/sq mi (59.0/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 89.31% White, 0.87% African American, 1.45% Native American, 0.29% Asian, 3.47% from other races, and 4.62% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 11.56% of the population.

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