Neihart, Montana

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Neihart is a town in Cascade County, Montana, United States. The population was 91 at the 2000 census. It is part of the 'Great Falls, Montana Metropolitan Statistical Area'.

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Geography

Neihart is located at 46°55′59″N 110°44′12″W / 46.93306°N 110.73667°W / 46.93306; -110.73667 (46.933139, -110.736654)[1]. According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 2.0 square miles (5.2 km²), all of it land. It is in the Mountain Standard time zone. Elevation is 5,627 feet.

Neihart is on the Kings Hill Scenic Byway which snow removal crews work throughout the winter season to keep open.

History

The town of Neihart, located in the center of Little Belt Mountains, has been the principal community in the region since its foundation in 1881. It was originally called Jericho, but by April 7, 1882, the boundaries of the town were agreed upon, as was the name. Another camp, called Canyon City, was located at the confluence of Snow Creek and Carpenter Creek. By 1885, the town boasted two saloons, two restaurants, one boarding house, a post office, a blacksmith's shop, two stables, and about 50 houses and numerous tents. Occupation of the town rose and fell with the growth and closure of the various mines. In November, 1891, a spur of the Montana Central railroad breathed new life into the flagging town. The 1893 Panic slowed production down on most of the district's mines, but the town survived, in part due to the consistent mining of the Broadwater and the Chamberlain mines with revivals occurring during World War I in 1919, 1929 and 1935.

The community was named for the prospector James L. Neihart.

Demographics

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 91 people, 44 households, and 27 families residing in the town. The population density was 45.8 people per square mile (17.7/km²). There were 164 housing units at an average density of 82.5/sq mi (31.8/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 93.41% White, 1.10% Native American, 1.10% from other races, and 4.40% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.10% of the population.

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