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Pray, Montana
Census-designated place & Unincorporated community
Country United States
State Montana
County Park
 • Total 29.154 sq mi (75.51 km2)
 • Land 28.625 sq mi (74.14 km2)
 • Water 0.529 sq mi (1.37 km2)
Elevation 5,003 ft (1,525 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 681
 • Density 23.359/sq mi (9.019/km2)
Time zone Mountain (MST) (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP code 59065
Area code(s) 406
GNIS feature ID 789175

Pray is a census-designated place and unincorporated community in Park County, Montana, in the Paradise Valley. The town was founded in 1907 by Valentine Eggar, an entrepreneur. He named it after Congressman Charles Nelson Pray. Its population was 681 as of the 2010 census. Pray has a post office with ZIP code 59065, which opened on December 8, 1909.

The community is located on Highway 540 (East River Road), on the Yellowstone River. It is 22 miles from Livingston, and 30 miles from Yellowstone National Park. "Pray offers picturesque views of the Absaroka Mountain Range in the Gallatin National Forest." Chico Hot Springs Resort & Day Spa is located three miles south of the town.

In 2012, the five acres that make up the town of Pray were offered for sale by owner Barbara Walker, a photographer, for $1.4 million. The town "has been privately owned since it was founded." Ms. Walker's family began running the town in 1953; she became mayor in 2007.

"Being the owner of Pray doesn't have to be a difficult job," according to Ms. Walker.

"The town is pretty low-maintenance ... You collect the rent once a month and water and mow the lawn."

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