Jordan, Montana

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Jordan is a town in and the county seat of Garfield County, Montana, United States.[1] The population was 364 at the 2000 census.



Originally settled in 1896, Jordan received a post office on July 11, 1899. The founder, Arthur Jordan, had hunted the area a great deal and in 1896 decided to bring his family here to settle along the banks of the Big Dry Creek.

Before very long a town began to spring up around the post office. There were saloons, rooming houses, livery stables, blacksmiths and stores. In the later part of the 1910s the homestead boom hit Garfield County, which was then actually part of Dawson County to the east. By 1919, it became the consensus of many locals that they needed to form a county of their own and Garfield County was established. After much ado by competing towns in the area, Jordan was finally chosen as the county seat, by popular vote.

Jordan was incorporated as a town in 1951.

On March 25, 1996 an 81-day-long standoff between the antigovernment Montana Freemen and federal officers began near here.


Jordan is located at 47°19′16″N 106°54′38″W / 47.32111°N 106.91056°W / 47.32111; -106.91056 (47.321151, -106.910642)[2].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.4 square miles (0.9 km²), all of it land.


The town is noted for its extreme weather; On December 15, 2009, the low was -40°F.[3] Jordan ranks 10th in the U.S. in temperature range, from its lowest at -58°F. to its highest at 112°, a range of 170 degrees.[4]


As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 364 people, 169 households, and 98 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,024.9 people per square mile (390.4/km²). There were 233 housing units at an average density of 656.0/sq mi (249.9/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.63% White, 0.27% African American, 0.27% Pacific Islander, and 0.82% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.37% of the population.

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