Malta, Montana

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Malta is a city in and the county seat of Phillips County, Montana, United States,[1] located at the intersection of U.S. Routes 2 and 191. The population was 2,120 at the 2000 census.



After James Hill and his partners built the St Paul, Minneapolis, and Manitoba railway (which in 1890 became the Great Northern Railway) across Montana's "High Line" in 1887[2], Malta evolved from rail siding number 54. What came to be Saco, Montana to the east and Dodson, Montana to the west grew from other nearby sidings. A post office was established in Malta in 1890. Its name is said to have been determined by a spin of the globe by a Great Northern official whose finger came to rest on the island of Malta in the Mediterranean Sea[3].

On July 3, 1901 Kid Curry (Harvey Logan), as part of Butch Cassidy's Wild Bunch, robbed a train just west of Malta, near Wagner, Montana[4], making off with about $40,000[5].

One of the best preserved dinosaurs ever discovered and one of only four that were mummified is a 77 million-year-old Brachylophosaurus nicknamed Leonardo, unearthed north of Malta in 2000[6][7]. Leonardo[8], together with brachylophosaurs Elvis[9] (1994), Roberta[10] (2003) and Peanut[11] (2002), is on display at The Phillips County Museum.

Two stops on The Montana Dinosaur Trail[12] are located in Malta.

  • The Dinosaur Field Station (home to the Judith River Dinosaur Institute[13])
  • The Phillips County Museum and the H.G. Robinson House and Gardens[14]

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