Belfry, Montana

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Belfry is a census-designated place (CDP) in Carbon County, Montana, United States. It is part of the Billings, Montana Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 219 at the 2000 census. It is located approximately 11 miles from the Wyoming border, roughly halfway between Billings, Montana and Cody, Wyoming.

Belfry is predominantly an agricultural community. The primary crops are sugar beets, alfalfa, and feed corn. Ranchers raise cattle and sheep. Water for agricultural use comes mostly from the Clark's Fork of the Yellowstone River through several cooperative ditch companies, with water rights dating back 100 years or more.

At its peak in the early 1900s, a railway line came into Belfry, with a spur running up to the coal mines in Bearcreek. When the mines closed down and the railway line was removed, Belfry's population dropped to its current level. Currently, the community has a general store, a bar, a restaurant, and a small bar/restaurant/casino.

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Geography

Belfry is located at 45°8′29″N 109°0′28″W / 45.14139°N 109.00778°W / 45.14139; -109.00778 (45.141506, -109.007779)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 1.9 square miles (4.9 km²), all of it land. The Clarks Fork of the Yellowstone River runs just east of the main part of the town.

Demographics

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 219 people, 98 households, and 53 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 115.1 people per square mile (44.5/km²). There were 119 housing units at an average density of 62.5/sq mi (24.2/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 98.63% White, 0.91% Native American, and 0.46% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.83% of the population.

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