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Dillon, Montana
City
Business District of Dillon
Business District of Dillon
Location of Dillon, Montana
Location of Dillon, Montana
Country United States
State Montana
County Beaverhead
Area
 • Total 1.76 sq mi (4.56 km2)
 • Land 1.76 sq mi (4.56 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 5,240 ft (1,560 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 4,134
 • Estimate (2015) 4,210
 • Density 2,348.9/sq mi (906.9/km2)
Time zone Mountain (MST) (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP code 59725
Area code(s) 406
FIPS code 30-20800
GNIS feature ID 0770653
Website www.dillonmt.org

Dillon is a city in and the county seat of Beaverhead County, Montana, United States. The population was 4,134 at the 2010 census. The city was named for Union Pacific Railroad President Sidney Dillon.

History

  • Dillon was founded in the Beaverhead Valley as a railroad town in 1880 by Union Pacific Railroad President Sydney Dillon.
  • The location of Dillon was selected by the railroad because of its close location to gold mines in the area.
  • Gold was first discovered in the Dillon area at Grasshopper Creek in 1862.
  • The last real gold rush in the Dillon area happened in the Argenta area in 1920 and lasted for 30 years.
  • The first ore that was discovered in the Dillon areas was silver. Gold was found soon after and this discovery caused people to come to the area in droves.
  • Dillon served as a central location for transporting goods to boom towns such as Bannack, Argenta, Glen, and Virginia City.
  • In 1881 Dillon became part of a contentious battle with Bannack to become the county seat of Beaverhead County.
  • The first brick building was built in the frontier town of Dillon in 1882.
  • In 1884, Dillon became an incorporated town and began building sidewalks and permanent dwellings for the residents.
  • While many of the gold mining towns around Dillon died, Dillon was able to stay a thriving town due to the railroad and talc mining in the area.
  • The cattle industry was established in 1865 in what would become the city of Dillon.
  • The agriculturally rich valley became an ideal location for Sheep ranching that was introduced in 1869. With a large sheep-ranching community in the Dillon area, Dillon was once the largest exporter of sheep wool in Montana.
  • The Montana Normal College was established as a teaching college in 1892, and is still functioning as a college renowned for its Education program.
  • A circus elephant named Old Pitt was struck by lightning in 1943 and is buried at the fairgrounds.
  • Capt Joel Rude of the Montana National Guard crashed his F-106 into a grain elevator and died during a Labor Day Parade on September 3, 1979. A plaque in his honor is part of the Southwest Montana Veterans Memorial park in Dillon, Montana.
Russell Lee street corner Dillon Montana
Southeast Corner of the intersection of Bannack and Montana Streets, Dillon, Montana, in 1942. The photo was taken by Russell Lee

Geography

Dillon, Montana
Dillon, Montana, from the Interstate 15 offramp

Dillon is located at 45°12′57″N 112°38′3″W / 45.21583°N 112.63417°W / 45.21583; -112.63417 (45.215735, -112.634055), at an elevation of 5102 feet (1555 m). It lies approximately 40 miles (64 km) east of the Continental Divide.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.76 square miles (4.56 km2), all of it land.

Dillon is home to the Beaverhead River, a "blue ribbon" fly fishing river.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 1,012
1900 1,530 51.2%
1910 1,835 19.9%
1920 2,701 47.2%
1930 2,422 −10.3%
1940 3,014 24.4%
1950 3,268 8.4%
1960 3,690 12.9%
1970 4,548 23.3%
1980 3,976 −12.6%
1990 3,991 0.4%
2000 3,752 −6.0%
2010 4,134 10.2%
Est. 2015 4,210 1.8%
U.S. Decennial Census
2015 Estimate

In April 2010, Dillon was listed as one of "America's Prettiest Towns" according to Forbes magazine.

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 4,134 people, 1,774 households, and 897 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,348.9 inhabitants per square mile (906.9/km2). There were 1,930 housing units at an average density of 1,096.6 per square mile (423.4/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 94.7% White, 0.3% African American, 1.4% Native American, 0.5% Asian, 0.6% Pacific Islander, 0.6% from other races, and 1.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.5% of the population.

There were 1,774 households of which 23.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 38.2% were married couples living together, 9.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.3% had a male householder with no wife present, and 49.4% were non-families. 40.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.08 and the average family size was 2.82.

The median age in the city was 33.9 years. 20% of residents were under the age of 18; 19.4% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 20.3% were from 25 to 44; 23.7% were from 45 to 64; and 16.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.4% male and 50.6% female.

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 3,752 people, 1,669 households, and 934 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,300.7 people per square mile (888.7/km²). There were 1,831 housing units at an average density of 1,122.7 per square mile (433.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 96.43% White, 0.35% African American, 1.31% Native American, 0.13% Asian, 0.61% from other races, and 1.17% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.95% of the population.

There were 1,669 households out of which 27.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.3% were married couples living together, 8.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 44.0% were non-families. 36.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.19 and the average family size was 2.88.

In the city, the population was spread out with 22.7% under the age of 18, 11.1% from 18 to 24, 25.5% from 25 to 44, 22.4% from 45 to 64, and 18.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 97.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.6 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $26,389, and the median income for a family was $39,643. Males had a median income of $25,625 versus $18,906 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,432. About 13.8% of families and 18.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.9% of those under age 18 and 15.9% of those age 65 or over.

Climate

Dillon experiences a semi-arid climate (Köppen BSk) with cold, dry winters and hot, wetter summers.

Climate data for Dillon, Montana
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 60
(15.6)
65
(18.3)
74
(23.3)
84
(28.9)
91
(32.8)
94
(34.4)
102
(38.9)
100
(37.8)
94
(34.4)
86
(30)
79
(26.1)
65
(18.3)
102
(38.9)
Average high °F (°C) 34.4
(1.33)
40.4
(4.67)
48.1
(8.94)
57.3
(14.06)
66.3
(19.06)
75.2
(24)
83.5
(28.61)
82.3
(27.94)
72.2
(22.33)
60.2
(15.67)
42.9
(6.06)
34.2
(1.22)
58.08
(14.491)
Daily mean °F (°C) 24.0
(-4.44)
28.7
(-1.83)
35.6
(2)
43.3
(6.28)
51.6
(10.89)
59.3
(15.17)
65.5
(18.61)
64.2
(17.89)
55.5
(13.06)
45.7
(7.61)
32.1
(0.06)
24.1
(-4.39)
44.13
(6.741)
Average low °F (°C) 13.5
(-10.28)
16.9
(-8.39)
23.0
(-5)
29.2
(-1.56)
36.8
(2.67)
43.4
(6.33)
47.4
(8.56)
46.0
(7.78)
38.8
(3.78)
31.2
(-0.44)
21.2
(-6)
14.0
(-10)
30.12
(-1.046)
Record low °F (°C) −36
(-37.8)
−40
(-40)
−26
(-32.2)
−3
(-19.4)
15
(-9.4)
23
(-5)
30
(-1.1)
25
(-3.9)
9
(-12.8)
−13
(-25)
−31
(-35)
−37
(-38.3)
−40
(-40)
Precipitation inches (mm) 0.37
(9.4)
0.25
(6.4)
0.66
(16.8)
1.22
(31)
2.25
(57.2)
1.87
(47.5)
1.19
(30.2)
1.18
(30)
1.07
(27.2)
0.85
(21.6)
0.39
(9.9)
0.35
(8.9)
11.65
(295.9)
Avg. precipitation days (≥ 0.01 inch) 3.7 3.0 5.1 6.5 11.4 9.1 6.9 7.0 5.4 4.8 4.4 3.4 70.7
Source #1: NOAA (normals, 1971–2000)
Source #2: The Weather Channel (Records)

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