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Big Timber, Montana

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Welcome to Big Timber ...

The city of Big Timber is located in Sweet Grass County<1> (at the time of its founding, Big Timber was located in Park County) and is the County Seat for Sweet Grass County.

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Big Timber has a population of 1,700 people<2> (see below for details).

We don't have a date for the establishment of Big Timber.

Big Timber is 4,090 feet [1,247 m] above sea level.<3> In other words, the altitude of Big Timber is about ¾ mile [or 1¼ km] above sea level.

Time Zone: Big Timber lies in the Mountain Time Zone (MST/MDT) and observes daylight saving time

Big Timber is within the (406) area code.

The ZIP code for Big Timber: 59011<4>

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Big Timber had an population of 1,700 people. This is an increase of 3.6% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 3.03% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Big Timber had a population of 1,641 people (or 44.95% of the total population of Sweet Grass County). This makes Big Timber the county's most populous community.

The population of Big Timber represents 0.17% of the population of Montana (which has 989,415 people), making it the state's 44th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 1,641 people, the population of Big Timber has remained roughly the same as the 2000 Census (with a count of 1,650 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Big Timber.

Communities Also Named Big Timber ...

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Big Timber.

Communities near Big Timber ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Big Timber.

  • Sourdough [Sweet Grass County]
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    • Sourdough [Sweet Grass County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<5> to the northeast of Big Timber
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  • Greycliff [Sweet Grass County]
  • McLeod [Sweet Grass County]
  • Springdale [Park County]
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    • Melville [Sweet Grass County]
    • Reed Point [Stillwater County]
    • Beehive [Stillwater County]
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      • Beehive [Stillwater County] lies 26 miles [41.8 km]<5> to the southeast of Big Timber
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    • Nye [Stillwater County]
    • Clyde Park [Park County]
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      • Clyde Park [Park County] lies 31 miles [49.9 km]<5> to the west of Big Timber
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 313 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Clyde Park have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Clyde Park
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Clyde Park<6>
    • Livingston [Park County]
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      • Livingston [Park County] lies 31 miles [49.9 km]<5> to the west of Big Timber
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 7,898 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Livingston
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Livingston<6>

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Big Timber. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Big Timber.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Big Timber. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Big Timber.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Big Timber. Our list includes 10 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Big Timber.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Big Timber ...

Looking for more information about Big Timber? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Big Timber, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Big Timber.

Adding Big Timber to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Big Timber in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

In addition, our notes show that the earliest dated mention that we've found for Big Timber was in the Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

For more details about the above, see References and Mentions for Big Timber on our Genealogy Page.

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Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Big Timber. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

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Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Montana's counties, including Sweet Grass, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Big Timber.
<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Big Timber - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<4>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Big Timber). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Big Timber or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).
<5>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Big Timber) 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 Big Timber. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Big TimberOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Big Timber. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 45.8332, Longitude: -109.9493    
<6>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<7>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.






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