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Our Genealogy Helper for Beartown ...

So far, we have found very little information about Beartown. The little that we've found leads us believe that the community is historic.<1>

We've added Beartown to our Gazetteer with the hope that we can develop more information. If you can help us with Beartown, 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 Beartown (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 an insight into their world.

As we add data and organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this, our Genealogical Helper for Beartown. 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.

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 hospitals and doctors 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.

If you're in a similar situation, we hope that the following information helps.

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

To see how the shape of Montana's counties have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Granite County: Beaverhead, Deer Lodge, Missoula, Powell & Ravalli.

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

  • Granite County     (The home county of Beartown)
    • Garnet [Granite County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Garnet
      • Garnet [Granite County] was located 2 miles [3.2 km]<2> to the north of Beartown
    • Stump Town [Granite County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Stump Town
      • Stump Town [Granite County] was located 2 miles [3.2 km]<2> to the north of Beartown
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Stump Town have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Bearmouth [Granite County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bearmouth
      • Bearmouth [Granite County] was located 5 miles [8 km]<2> to the south of Beartown
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Bearmouth have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Drummond [Granite County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Drummond
      • Drummond [Granite County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<2> to the southeast of Beartown
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 330 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Drummond
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Drummond<4>
    • Hall [Granite County]
    • Philipsburg [Granite County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Philipsburg
      • Philipsburg [Granite County] lies 31 miles [49.9 km]<2> to the south of Beartown
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 906 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Philipsburg
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Philipsburg<4>
  • Lewis and Clark County
    • Lincoln [Lewis and Clark County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lincoln
      • Lincoln [Lewis and Clark County] lies 33 miles [53.1 km]<2> to the east of Beartown
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Lincoln have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lincoln
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Lincoln<4>
  • Missoula County
    • Greenough [Missoula County]
    • Clinton [Missoula County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Clinton
      • Clinton [Missoula County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<2> to the west of Beartown
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Clinton have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Clinton
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Clinton<4>
    • Bonner [Missoula County]
    • Piltzville [Missoula County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Piltzville
      • Piltzville [Missoula County] lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<2> to the west of Beartown
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Piltzville
    • Milltown [Missoula County]
    • Seeley Lake [Missoula County]
    • East Missoula [Missoula County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for East Missoula
      • East Missoula [Missoula County] lies 28 miles [45.1 km]<2> to the west of Beartown
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on East Missoula
    • Missoula [Missoula County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Missoula
      • Missoula [Missoula County] lies 31 miles [49.9 km]<2> to the west of Beartown
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 76,848 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Missoula have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Missoula
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Missoula<4>
    • Lolo [Missoula County]
    • Wye [Missoula County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Wye
      • Wye [Missoula County] lies 38 miles [61.2 km]<2> to the west of Beartown
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Wye have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Wye
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Wye<4>
  • Powell County
    • Reynolds City [Powell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Reynolds City
      • Reynolds City [Powell County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<2> to the northeast of Beartown
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Reynolds City have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Reynolds City
    • Helmville [Powell County]
    • Ovando [Powell County]
    • Jens [Powell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Jens
      • Jens [Powell County] lies 20 miles [32.2 km]<2> to the southeast of Beartown
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Jens
    • Goldcreek [Powell County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Goldcreek
      • Goldcreek [Powell County] was located 24 miles [38.6 km]<2> to the southeast of Beartown
      • Goldcreek has also been known as:
      • Gold Creek
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Goldcreek<4>
    • Wall City [Powell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Wall City
      • Wall City [Powell County] lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<2> to the southeast of Beartown
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Wall City have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Wall City
    • Phosphate [Powell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Phosphate
      • Phosphate [Powell County] lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<2> to the southeast of Beartown
      • Note: We haven't been able to verify our GPS coordinates for Phosphate. Although the coordinates have been estimated, they should be in the vicinity.<5>
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Phosphate
    • Garrison [Powell County]
    • Avon [Powell County]
    • Deer Lodge [Powell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Deer Lodge
      • Deer Lodge [Powell County] lies 39 miles [62.8 km]<2> to the southeast of Beartown
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,805 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Deer Lodge have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Deer Lodge
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Deer Lodge<4>
  • Ravalli County
    • Florence [Ravalli County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Florence
      • Florence [Ravalli County] lies 36 miles [57.9 km]<2> to the west of Beartown
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Florence have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Florence
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Florence<4>
    • Stevensville [Ravalli County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Stevensville
      • Stevensville [Ravalli County] lies 40 miles [64.4 km]<2> to the southwest of Beartown
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,138 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Stevensville
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Stevensville<4>

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

Newspapers Published in Beartown ...

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 70 newspapers that have been published in the area around Beartown.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Beartown, there are papers which were published within 40 miles [64.4 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Beartown.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we like to start with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and Genealogy Trails. These websites offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to everyone.

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

  • 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

Cemeteries Near Beartown ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Beartown.

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 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 Beartown covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

  • Beartown Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Beartown Cemetery
    • Note: We haven't been able to verify our GPS coordinates for the Beartown Cemetery. Although the coordinates have been estimated, they should be in the vicinity.<5>
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Beartown Cemetery
  • Sand Park Cemetery
  • Valley Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Valley Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Valley Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Valley Cemetery lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<2> to the southeast of Beartown.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Valley Cemetery
  • Seeley Lake Cemetery
  • Helmville Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Helmville Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Helmville Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Helmville Cemetery lies 18 miles [29 km]<2> to the east of Beartown.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Helmville Cemetery
  • St. Thomas Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the St. Thomas Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the St. Thomas Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • St. Thomas Cemetery lies 18 miles [29 km]<2> to the east of Beartown.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on St. Thomas Cemetery
  • Continue List ...
    • Ovando Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Ovando Cemetery
      • Ovando Cemetery lies 18 miles [29 km]<2> to the northeast of Beartown.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ovando Cemetery
    • Lincoln Gulch Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Lincoln Gulch Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Lincoln Gulch Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Lincoln Gulch Cemetery lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<2> to the northeast of Beartown.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lincoln Gulch Cemetery

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.

Beartown itself is historic and was described in the Rand McNally Atlas as having a population of 20 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service.

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

  • Beartown [Granite County] - Historic
    • While Beartown was mentioned in the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, it no longer exists
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Beartown
    • Beartown [Granite County] was located less than 2 miles<2> to the southeast of Beartown
    • According to the 1895 Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 20 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Beartown had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Beartown have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
  • Drummond [Granite County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Drummond
    • Drummond [Granite County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<2> to the southeast of Beartown
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 213 people
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 330 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Drummond had a post office and railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Drummond
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Drummond<4>
  • Potomac [Missoula County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Potomac
    • Potomac [Missoula County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<2> to the northwest of Beartown
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Potomac had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Potomac have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Potomac
  • Clinton [Missoula County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Clinton
    • Clinton [Missoula County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<2> to the west of Beartown
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Clinton had railroad service and no post office
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Clinton have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Clinton
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Clinton<4>
  • Helmville [Powell County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Helmville
    • Helmville [Powell County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<2> to the east of Beartown
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 39 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Helmville had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Helmville
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Helmville<4>
  • Ovando [Powell County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ovando
    • Ovando [Powell County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<2> to the northeast of Beartown
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Ovando had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ovando
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Ovando<4>
  • Continue List ...
    • Stone [Granite County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Stone
      • Stone [Granite County] lies 20 miles [32.2 km]<2> to the south of Beartown
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Stone had railroad service and no post office
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Stone have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Stone
    • Goldcreek [Powell County] - Historic
      • While Goldcreek was mentioned in the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, it no longer exists
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Goldcreek
      • Goldcreek [Powell County] was located 24 miles [38.6 km]<2> to the southeast of Beartown
      • According to the 1895 Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 62 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Goldcreek had a post office and railroad service
      • Goldcreek has also been known as:
      • Gold Creek
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Goldcreek<4>
    • Bonner [Missoula County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bonner
      • Bonner [Missoula County] lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<2> to the west of Beartown
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 62 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Bonner had a post office and railroad service
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bonner
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Bonner<4>
    • Pioneer [Powell County] - Historic
      • While Pioneer was mentioned in the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, it no longer exists
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pioneer
      • Pioneer [Powell County] was located 26 miles [41.8 km]<2> to the southeast of Beartown
      • According to the 1895 Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 199 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Pioneer had a post office and no railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Pioneer have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Beartown. See our List of 1890's Communities around Beartown.

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Beartown ...

While our initial data about Beartown came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Beartown in old books and maps. When we do, we'll find a fact here or a snippet there. We've created the following list to keep track of the documents we found useful in adding to our knowledge about Beartown.

We hope that the following list of documents will be of interest to you.

Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895)
Published by Rand McNally & Co.
(Document found on Google Books)

Note for Beartown:
Services available in 1895: no Railroad mentioned

Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Beartown. See our Misc Page for Beartown for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Montana

About Granite County

About Montana

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for State of Montana: https://mt.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>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 significantly 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 Beartown, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.
<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Beartown) to Point B.If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Beartown. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from BeartownOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Beartown. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 46.7929, Longitude: -113.3411       In this case, the coordinates for Beartown have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<3>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<4>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<5>An 'estimated' location is one where we have been given GPS coordinates, but are unable to verify the accuracy of those coordinates. That said, we have some confidence that we have placed the marker near the actual location. A typical reason for being unable to verify a location is that it might be on private property or maybe historic and gone without an obvious trace.






















 

 

 

 

 


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