kids encyclopedia robot

Powderville, Montana facts for kids

Kids Encyclopedia Facts
Country United States
State Montana
County Powder River
2,828 ft (862 m)
Time zone UTC-7 (Mountain (MST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-6 (MDT)
ZIP codes
GNIS feature ID 775415

Powderville, also Elkhorn Crossing is an unincorporated community in northeastern Powder River County, Montana, United States, along the Powder River. It is a small cluster of buildings that lies along local roads northeast of the town of Broadus, the county seat of Powder River County. Its elevation is 2,828 feet (862 m).


Powderville was first established on November 1, 1878, by soldiers of the 9th United States Infantry from Camp Devin along the banks of the Powder River in southeastern Montana Territory as the Powder River Telegraph Station. It was located along the Deadwood, Dakota Territory to Fort Keogh, Montana Territory telegraph line. From December, 1878 until early 1881, Private Leopold Hohman of Company E, 5th United States Infantry was in charge of the station, with Privates J. Broderick and L. Smith of the same regiment assigned there as telegraph repairmen. Hohman inscribed his name and regiment into a rock overlooking the station, which can still be seen today. On April 5, 1879, the first event of the Mizpah Creek incidents in which a group of Lakota Sioux shot two U.S. army soldiers occurred near the station. In 1885 Powderville became a stage stop when the Deadwood to Miles City, Montana stagecoach line was established along the route of the telegraph line, crossing the Powder River at Elkhorn Crossing.

Although Powderville is unincorporated, it had a post office with the ZIP code of 59345, from 1885 until 2011.

Powderville has its own Boot Hill Cemetery. It is located on a hill overlooking the old post office.


According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Powderville has a semi-arid climate, abbreviated "BSk" on climate maps.

kids search engine
Powderville, Montana Facts for Kids. Kiddle Encyclopedia.