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Our Genealogical Helper for Hell Gate ...

So far, we have found very little information about Hell Gate.<1>

The little that we've found leads us believe that the community is historic.<2>

We've added Hell Gate to our Gazetteer with the hope that we can develop more information. If you can help us with Hell Gate, please Contact Us.

We have a couple of goals for our Gazetteer:

  • That it be a tool that can help us with planning our trips.
  • That it also helps us to understand the community in which our ancestors lived, the community that was part of their daily lives.

By learning about Hell Gate (and the surrounding area) during the time that our ancestors lived, we hope to have a better understanding of both their community and its relationship to their lifes. We hope that this tool helps to give us insight while doing our genealogical research.

As we add data and organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this, our Genealogical Helper for Hell Gate. While we don't have information that is specific to any given person or family, we intend to expand our understanding about where and how people lived.

It's still very early in our research, but as we gather more information it will be added to this page.

Newspapers Published in Hell Gate ...

An ongoing effort between the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has resulted in the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP).

To share their results, the partnership has created the Chronicling America website. The goal of this partnership is to assemble a database about the current and historic newspapers of the United States. This includes a growing collection of scanned images from selected papers. All of it available to the public on their website.

Using information that we've taken from the Chronicling America website, we've identified 86 newspapers that have been published in the area around Hell Gate.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Hell Gate, there are papers which were published within 49 miles [78.9 km]<3>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Hell Gate.

Cemeteries Near Hell Gate ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Hell Gate.

This is a new section and is likely to have errors. If you find an error, such as a missing cemetery or we have the wrong name, please let us know. If you know of them, we would also appreciate learning about previous or alternate names.

If you click on the [Map] that follows each cemetery's name, a new browser window will open with a Google map showing a satellite view of the area where the cemetery is located. We have tried to place the cemetery in the center of the map, but we're still working on our data and the map might not not be centered properly. If you don't see the cemetery right away, try zooming-in. Usually, but not always, you can see the outline of the cemetery and some of the headstones.

If you need information about a burial or interment, photos, transcripts, how to contact the cemetery or local authorities, please visit our selection of Genealogy Websites (see below).

If not found below, our Cemetery List for Hell Gate covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NW Sunset Memorial Gardens [Map]     Missoula County  
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSE Post Cemetery [Map]     Missoula County  
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  E St. Mary Cemetery [Map]     Missoula County  
  ENE Missoula Cemetery [Map]     Missoula County  
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  E St. Mary Cemetery [Map]     Missoula County  
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  NNW Frenchtown Cemetery [Map]     Missoula County  
      11 miles [17.7 km]  
  SW Woodman Pioneer Cemetery [Map]     Missoula County  
      14 miles [22.5 km]  
  S Florence-Carlton Cemetery [Map]     Missoula County  
      17 miles [27.4 km]  
  S St. Joseph Cemetery [Map]     Ravalli County  
  N Jocko Valley Cemetery [Map]     Lake County  
      22 miles [35.4 km]  
  S Sunnyside Cemetery [Map]     Ravalli County  

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Nearby Communities in 1895 ...

We've built the following list with information that came from an Atlas published by Rand McNally in 1895. The Atlas had details such as the population of the community (which appears to have come from the 1890 Census) and whether there was a post office and/or railroad service available. We also indicate if the community no longer exists and is now historic.

While we didn't find Hell Gate in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Hell Gate.

These communities are listed based on their distance from Hell Gate, with the one closest to Hell Gate listed first.

De Smet   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Hell Gate
 - De Smet had railroad service and no post office
Missoula   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Hell Gate
 - 1895 population of 3,426 people (with 69,821 people in 2014)
 - Missoula had a post office and railroad service
Grass Valley   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Hell Gate
 - 1895 population of 27 people
 - Grass Valley had a post office and railroad service
Lolo   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South (S) from Hell Gate
 - Lolo had railroad service and no post office
Evaro   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North (N) from Hell Gate
 - Evaro had railroad service and no post office
Bonner   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East (E) from Hell Gate
 - 1895 population of 62 people
 - Bonner had a post office and railroad service
Frenchtown   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Hell Gate
 - 1895 population of 216 people
 - Frenchtown had a post office and railroad service
Carlton   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the South (S) from Hell Gate
 - Carlton had a post office and railroad service

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Hell Gate. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Hell Gate in the 1890's.

Neighboring Counties ...

When searching for family records, we have frequently made the mistake of not checking the neighboring counties.

For example, we have great-grandparents who lived in the northeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors and hospitals were in the next county to the east. Almost all of the nearby churches and cemeteries were in the county to the north.

So when searching for records, we had our best success by looking in neighboring counties instead of the county in which they lived:  their home county contained property and probate records; the county to the east contained birth and death records; the county to the north contained their burial records. If we hadn't included the neighboring counties, we would have missed many valuable sources of information.

Although our information shows that the community of Hell Gate is historic, it would have been located within present day Missoula County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Missoula County: Clearwater (ID), Idaho (ID), Flathead, Granite, Lake, Mineral, Powell, Ravalli & Sanders.

Below are the counties that are near Hell Gate. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Hell Gate:

Missoula     (The home county for Hell Gate)
      Orchard Homes   [Map]   SE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Missoula   [Map]   E   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Travois Village   [Map]   E   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Wye   [Map]   N   5 miles [8 km]
      East Missoula   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Lolo   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Milltown   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Bonner   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Evaro   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Frenchtown   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Huson   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Clinton   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Greenough   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Garnet - Historic   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Stump Town - Historic   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Arlee   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Ravalli   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Saint Ignatius   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Moiese   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Charlo   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Kicking Horse   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Alberton   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Crescent City - Historic   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Riverbend   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Reynolds City   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Florence   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Stevensville   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Victor   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Pinesdale   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Corvallis   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Dixon   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Agency   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Old Agency   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]

For an expanded list of the communities that are closest to Hell Gate, see our County-by-County Page for Hell Gate.

Websites to Help Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, UsGenWeb Project, or Genealogy Trails. These user-friendly websites offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to all and free to view - although they might link to other websites which do charge.

To help you get started, the following links will take you to the pages that are relevant to Hell Gate:

For pages that are specific to Montana:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     USGenWeb     Genealogy Trails    

These pages are specific to Missoula County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Granite County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lake County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Mineral County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Powell County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Ravalli County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Sanders County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Montana:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Montana,     of Missoula County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Montana     Cemetery Wiki for Montana
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Montana,     of Missoula County

Of Special Interest ...

The GenDisasters website specializes in newspaper articles about tragedies and disasters. While it makes interesting reading all by itself, it should be of special interest to genealogists and family historians looking for people who were either affected by or directly involved in such tragedies.

Stories from Montana
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About Montana

About Missoula County

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Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Missoula County

Although Hell Gate is historic, the Panormaio photo collection might have pictures from the area where Hell Gate was located:

Footnotes ...

<1>If we encounter the name of what might be a community, our methodology is to add that name to our Gazetteer. For example, we might find a sentence like "He went north past Hell Gate and then turned east". While Hell Gate could be some kind of landmark, we think that it's more likely to be a community. We've added Hell Gate as a placeholder with the hope that we'll be able to add more information in the future.

Just as a reminder: Our definition of a community is rather broad and includes those places where several families lived and had a name which identified that place. The community might still exist or it might have existed for just a short period of time. Places of interest include buildings at a crossroad, families in a hollow or maybe the location of a way station. It also includes places like mines, lumber camps, ferry crossings, etc.

Also keep in mind that Hell Gate could have been on the original document by mistake, misspelled, the original/alternate name of a community that we've listed elsewhere or was placed in the wrong county. Sometimes a post office or train station would have a different name than the community where it's located, so two names might be referring to the same community.

Since confusion between counties is common, we searched and weren't able to find another Montana community named Hell Gate.

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<2>We use the term 'Historic' broadly and it generally means that the community no longer exists. However, it can also mean that the community might still exist, but was larger or had a more 'official' existence in the past than it does now. Unfortunately our sources of data have proven to be unreliable. If you can provide us with more specific information about Hell Gate, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<3>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance from Hell Gate. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, private property - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Hell Gate) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Hell Gate. The point that we use is located at the coordinates of 46.8833, -114.0871   [Map]. The coordinates we use for Hell Gate have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Hell Gate.


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