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About DillonDillon was established in 1880 by a group of businessmen who bought out a rancher who refused to give up his land to the railroad. Named for the president of Union Pacific Railroad, Dillon is today a focal point for five rich stock-raising valleys, including Big Hole, Grasshopper and Beaverhead. Beaverhead County is among the top cattle- and hay-producing regions in the state.

West of Dillon is Bannack State Park, on the site of a former mining town. In 1863 Sidney Edgerton, a lawyer from Ohio, arrived in the vicinity and stayed throughout the winter season. When he visited Washington, D.C., in the spring, he advocated the creation of a new territory; President Abraham Lincoln named Edgerton governor and Bannack the temporary capital. The following year the territory's seat was moved to the boomtown of Virginia City.

Fishing is a popular recreational pursuit in the area. Some of Montana's higher mountains can be seen from scenic I-15, which follows the Beaverhead and Red Rock rivers to the Idaho border.

Visitor Centers Beaverhead Chamber of Commerce 10 W. Reeder St. Dillon, MT 59725. Phone:(406)683-5511

Self-guiding ToursA brochure outlining a walking tour of historic Dillon is available from the chamber of commerce and the Beaverhead County Museum.

Things to Do Bannack State Park

Beaverhead County Museum

The University of Montana Western Art Gallery/Museum

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Dillon, MT

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