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The city of Three Forks is located in Gallatin County<1>.

The location of Three Forks has been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (ie- the GNIS).<2>

While we don't have a date for the founding of Three Forks, you might consider that their post office opened  in 1882.

A typical abbreviation for Three Forks: Three Frks.

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Three Forks has a population of 2,053 people<3> (see below for details).

Three Forks is 4,070 feet [1,241 m] above sea level.<4> In other words, the elevation of Three Forks is about ¾ mile [or 1¼ km] above sea level.

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

Three Forks lies within the (406) area code.

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Three Forks had an population of 2,053 people. This is an increase of 9.84% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 18.81% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Three Forks had a population of 1,869 people. This makes Three Forks the county's 3rd most populous community.

The population of Three Forks represents 0.19% of the population of Montana (which has 989,415 people), making it the state's 37th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 1,869 people, the population of Three Forks increased 8.16% from the 2000 Census (which had a count of 1,728 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Three Forks.

Communities Also Named Three Forks ...

While we believe that this Three Forks is located in Gallatin County, we know of another 2 Montana communities named Three Forks. Those communities are located in the following counties: Cascade and Flathead County.

Beyond Montana, there are 28 communities that are also named Three Forks - they are located in Alabama (3), Arizona, Arkansas, British Columbia, Colorado, Georgia (2), Idaho, Kentucky (2), New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Tennessee (2), Utah (3), Virginia (2), West Virginia and Wyoming (2).

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Three Forks.

Communities near Three Forks ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Three Forks.

  • Belgrade
    (19 miles [30.6 km] to the southeast)
  • Manhattan
    (10 miles [16.1 km] to the east)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Manhattan have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Manhattan
    • Manhattan is located in Gallatin County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,917 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Manhattan <5>
  • Copper City
    (6 miles [9.7 km] to the north)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Copper City have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Copper City
    • Copper City is located in Broadwater County
  • Willow Creek
    (6 miles [9.7 km] to the southwest)
  • Amsterdam
    (14 miles [22.5 km] to the southeast)
  • Amsterdam - Churchill
    (15 miles [24.1 km] to the southeast)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Amsterdam - Churchill
    • Amsterdam - Churchill is located in Gallatin County
  • Arnold
    (15 miles [24.1 km] to the southeast)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Arnold
    • Arnold is located in Gallatin County
  • Churchill
    (15 miles [24.1 km] to the southeast)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Churchill
    • Churchill is located in Gallatin County
  • Harrison
    (17 miles [27.4 km] to the southwest)
  • Hillman
    (17 miles [27.4 km] to the east)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hillman
    • Hillman is located in Gallatin County

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 Three Forks. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Three Forks.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Three Forks. 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 Three Forks.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Three Forks. See our Newspapers Page for Three Forks.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Three Forks ...

Looking for more information about Three Forks? 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 Three Forks, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Three Forks.

Adding Three Forks to Our Gazetteer ...

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

From our notes, the earliest published mention we've found for Three Forks was in the document titled List of Post Offices from Cameron Blevins and Richard Helbock.<6>

From that list, the Three Forks post office opened in 1882.

We also found Three Forks in the book titled Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

For more details, see References and Mentions for Three Forks.

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Three Forks. 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 Gallatin, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>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 found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<3>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Three Forks.
<4>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Three Forks - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<5>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<6>A copy of their list with background information can be found at:


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