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Roundup
Musselshell County Courthouse
Musselshell County Courthouse
Location of Roundup, Montana
Location of Roundup, Montana
Country United States
State Montana
County Musselshell
Area
 • Total 1.29 sq mi (3.35 km2)
 • Land 1.29 sq mi (3.35 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
3,215 ft (980 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 1,742
 • Density 1,350.39/sq mi (520.00/km2)
Time zone UTC−7 (Mountain (MST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−6 (MDT)
ZIP codes
59072-59073
Area code(s) 406 Exchange: 323
FIPS code 30-64525
GNIS feature ID 0778772

Roundup is a city in and the county seat of Musselshell County, Montana, United States. The population was 1,742 during the 2020 census.

Geography and climate

Roundup is located at 46°26′54″N 108°32′34″W / 46.44833°N 108.54278°W / 46.44833; -108.54278 (46.448401, -108.542676). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.34 square miles (3.47 km2), all land.

The Musselshell River runs through the city. Roundup is bordered to the South by the Bull Mountains which rise from the great plains over a hundred miles East of the front range of the Rocky Mountains.

Climate data for Roundup, Montana (1981–2010)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 39.1
(3.94)
43.1
(6.17)
51.8
(11)
61.3
(16.28)
70.6
(21.44)
79.1
(26.17)
88.9
(31.61)
88.1
(31.17)
76.4
(24.67)
62.5
(16.94)
47.3
(8.5)
37.8
(3.22)
62.1
(16.72)
Average low °F (°C) 15.5
(-9.17)
18.0
(-7.78)
24.6
(-4.11)
32.3
(0.17)
41.6
(5.33)
49.8
(9.89)
55.5
(13.06)
53.5
(11.94)
43.7
(6.5)
34.0
(1.11)
23.9
(-4.5)
15.2
(-9.33)
34.0
(1.11)
Precipitation inches (mm) 0.34
(8.6)
0.34
(8.6)
0.69
(17.5)
1.35
(34.3)
2.28
(57.9)
2.63
(66.8)
1.70
(43.2)
1.14
(29)
1.19
(30.2)
1.02
(25.9)
0.41
(10.4)
0.42
(10.7)
13.50
(342.9)
Snowfall inches (cm) 5.3
(13.5)
4.2
(10.7)
3.0
(7.6)
0.9
(2.3)
0.1
(0.3)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
0.5
(1.3)
3.0
(7.6)
5.3
(13.5)
22.3
(56.6)
Source: NOAA

History

Roundup served as a place for cattlemen to "roundup" their cattle along the Musselshell River. It was the trailhead in the Great Montana Centennial Cattle Drive and now drives happen annually.

The area has coal mines, which combined with the agriculture, maintained the economy of the town. The Musselshell Valley Historical Museum captures the coal history as well as fossils and Indian artifacts.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 1,513
1920 2,434 60.9%
1930 2,577 5.9%
1940 2,644 2.6%
1950 2,856 8.0%
1960 2,842 −0.5%
1970 2,116 −25.5%
1980 2,119 0.1%
1990 1,808 −14.7%
2000 1,931 6.8%
2010 1,788 −7.4%
2020 1,742 −2.6%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 1,788 people, 814 households, and 445 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,334.3 inhabitants per square mile (515.2/km2). There were 973 housing units at an average density of 726.1 per square mile (280.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 95.7% White, 0.3% African American, 1.3% Native American, 0.1% Asian, 0.2% from other races, and 2.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino people of any race were 4.1% of the population.

There were 814 households, of which 26.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.5% were married couples living together, 8.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.5% had a male householder with no wife present, and 45.3% were non-families. 40.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 18.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.17 and the average family size was 2.94.

The median age in the city was 43.6 years. 23.7% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 21.2% were from 25 to 44; 31.6% were from 45 to 64; and 16.8% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.0% male and 52.0% female.

Education

Roundup School District educates students from kindergarten through 12th grade. Roundup High School's team name is the Panthers.

Roundup School-Community Library is a public library which serves the area.

Infrastructure

Roundup Airport is a public use airport located two miles (4 km) north of town.

Notable people

  • Earl W. Bascom, rodeo pioneer, hall of fame inductee, "father of modern rodeo", cowboy artist and cousin to Charles M. Russell, worked on roundup on the Seven Crowfoot Ranch
  • Richard Cebull, Chief Judge, United States District Court for the District of Montana, born and raised in Roundup
  • Lieutenant General (Retired) Paul E. "Butch" Funk, EdD, commanded III Corps and Fort Hood, Texas from 1993 to 1995; commanded the 3rd Armored Division "Spearhead" during Operation Desert Storm; born and raised in Roundup
  • Richard Gathercole, “AK-47 bandit”, linked to several bank robberies and police shootings across the U.S.
  • Bill Holm, art historian, born in Roundup
  • John Milkovich, member of the Louisiana State Senate; lawyer in Shreveport, Louisiana; reared in Roundup
  • Lee Steen, outsider artist, lived most of his life and worked in Roundup
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