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Our Genealogy Helper for Clearwater ...

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 Clearwater (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 Clearwater. 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 southwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals were in the next county to the west. Almost all of the nearby churches and cemeteries were in the county to the south.

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 west contained birth and death records; the county to the south 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.

Clearwater is located in Missoula 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 Missoula County: Clearwater (ID), Idaho (ID), Flathead, Granite, Lake, Mineral, Powell, Ravalli & Sanders.

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

  • Missoula County     (The home county of Clearwater)
    • Greenough [Missoula County]
    • Seeley Lake [Missoula County]
    • Clinton [Missoula County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Clinton
      • Clinton [Missoula County] lies 22 miles [35.4 km]<1> to the southwest of Clearwater
      • 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<2>
    • Piltzville [Missoula County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Piltzville
      • Piltzville [Missoula County] lies 24 miles [38.6 km]<1> to the southwest of Clearwater
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Piltzville
    • Bonner [Missoula County]
    • Milltown [Missoula County]
    • East Missoula [Missoula County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for East Missoula
      • East Missoula [Missoula County] lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the west of Clearwater
      • 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]<1> to the west of Clearwater
      • 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<2>
    • Wye [Missoula County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Wye
      • Wye [Missoula County] lies 35 miles [56.3 km]<1> to the west of Clearwater
      • 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<2>
    • Lolo [Missoula County]
    • Condon [Missoula County]
    • Frenchtown [Missoula County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Frenchtown
      • Frenchtown [Missoula County] lies 40 miles [64.4 km]<1> to the west of Clearwater
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Frenchtown have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Frenchtown
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Frenchtown<2>
  • Granite County
    • Stump Town [Granite County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Stump Town
      • Stump Town [Granite County] was located 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the south of Clearwater
      • 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.
    • Garnet [Granite County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Garnet
      • Garnet [Granite County] was located 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the south of Clearwater
    • Beartown [Granite County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Beartown
      • Beartown [Granite County] was located 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the south of Clearwater
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Beartown 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 20 miles [32.2 km]<1> to the south of Clearwater
      • 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 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> to the southeast of Clearwater
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 330 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Drummond
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Drummond<2>
    • Hall [Granite County]
  • Lake County
    • Arlee [Lake County]
    • Saint Ignatius [Lake County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Saint Ignatius
      • Saint Ignatius [Lake County] lies 40 miles [64.4 km]<1> to the northwest of Clearwater
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 842 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Saint Ignatius have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Saint Ignatius
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Saint Ignatius<2>
  • Lewis and Clark County
    • Lincoln [Lewis and Clark County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lincoln
      • Lincoln [Lewis and Clark County] lies 32 miles [51.5 km]<1> to the east of Clearwater
      • 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<2>
  • Powell County
    • Ovando [Powell County]
    • Reynolds City [Powell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Reynolds City
      • Reynolds City [Powell County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the south of Clearwater
      • 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]
    • Goldcreek [Powell County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Goldcreek
      • Goldcreek [Powell County] was located 35 miles [56.3 km]<1> to the southeast of Clearwater
      • Goldcreek has also been known as:
      • Gold Creek
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Goldcreek<2>

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

Newspapers Published in Clearwater ...

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 55 newspapers that have been published in the area around Clearwater.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Clearwater, 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 Clearwater.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we start with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and Genealogy Trails. These professional and volunteer 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 Clearwater:

  • 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 Clearwater ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Clearwater.

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

  • Seeley Lake Cemetery
  • Sand Park Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Sand Park Cemetery
    • Sand Park Cemetery lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the south of Clearwater.
    • Sand Park Cemetery has also been known as:
    • Coloma Cemetery
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sand Park Cemetery
  • Ovando Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Ovando Cemetery
    • Ovando Cemetery lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the east of Clearwater.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ovando Cemetery
  • 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.<4>
    • Beartown Cemetery lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the south of Clearwater.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Beartown 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 21 miles [33.8 km]<1> to the southeast of Clearwater.
    • 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 21 miles [33.8 km]<1> to the southeast of Clearwater.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on St. Thomas Cemetery
  • Continue List ...
    • 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 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> to the southeast of Clearwater.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Valley 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 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> to the east of Clearwater.
      • 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.<5>

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

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

  • Ovando [Powell County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ovando
    • Ovando [Powell County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the east of Clearwater
    • 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<2>
  • Potomac [Missoula County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Potomac
    • Potomac [Missoula County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the southwest of Clearwater
    • 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
  • 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 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the south of Clearwater
    • 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.
  • Helmville [Powell County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Helmville
    • Helmville [Powell County] lies 21 miles [33.8 km]<1> to the southeast of Clearwater
    • 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<2>
  • Clinton [Missoula County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Clinton
    • Clinton [Missoula County] lies 22 miles [35.4 km]<1> to the southwest of Clearwater
    • 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<2>
  • Bonner [Missoula County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bonner
    • Bonner [Missoula County] lies 24 miles [38.6 km]<1> to the west of Clearwater
    • 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<2>
  • Drummond [Granite County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Drummond
    • Drummond [Granite County] lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> to the southeast of Clearwater
    • 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<2>

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

Communities in Montana

About Missoula County

About Montana

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

The official website for Missoula County: www.co.missoula.mt.us/

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

Footnotes ...

<1>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 drawn from Point A (ie- Clearwater) to Point B.Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Clearwater. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 47.0002, Longitude: -113.3779       In this case, the coordinates for Clearwater have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<2>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<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>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.
<5>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 Clearwater, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.






















 

 

 

 

 


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