Simms, Montana

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Simms is a census-designated place (CDP) in Cascade County, Montana, United States. The population was 373 at the 2000 census. It is part of the 'Great Falls, Montana Metropolitan Statistical Area'.

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Geography

Simms is located at 47°29′24″N 111°55′56″W / 47.49°N 111.93222°W / 47.49; -111.93222 (47.489984, -111.932102)[1]. Simms, Montana is located in the Sun River Valley, 30 miles (48 km) west of Great Falls, 35 miles (56 km) south of Choteau, 24 miles (39 km) north of Cascade and 21 miles (34 km) east of Augusta.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 7.7 square miles (20.0 km²), of which, 7.7 square miles (19.9 km²) of it is land and 0.13% is water.

History

The town of Simms, surrounded by buttes and benches, was built on a low spot in the Sun River Valley. This made a perfect place to build an irrigation system. In 1902 President Theodore Roosevelt signed the Reclamation Act and in 1906 the Sun River Irrigation Project was begun. The townsite of Simms consists of 160 acres (0.65 km2). The town was named after Simms Creek, which flows into the Sun River, approximately 1-mile (1.6 km) west of the town. The creek was named after a pair of brothers who were woodcutters along the Sun River in earlier days. After the irrigation project was started, Simms became a grain and hay growing area.

Demographics

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 373 people, 148 households, and 103 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 48.5 people per square mile (18.7/km²). There were 160 housing units at an average density of 20.8/sq mi (8.0/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 91.96% White, 4.83% Native American, 0.80% Asian, 0.54% from other races, and 1.88% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.61% of the population.

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