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Shelby was one of the towns that the Great Northern Railroad left in its path as it pushed across the prairie. In its heyday, the town was paradise to cowboys after months on the range. A Saturday night might include carousing, horse racing, or—as once happened—holding up a passing opera troupe and making the train conductor do a clog dance to the rhythm of bullets.
Ranching, farming and the railroad supported the town until the 1922 discovery of oil in the Kevin-Sunburst fields. The area retains a few working oil pumps. Shelby's location on major transportation corridors established its right as an inland port for truck and rail shipping via the Northwest Express Transportation Authority.

Shelby Area Chamber of Commerce Office and Visitor Information Center 100 Montana Ave. Shelby, MT 59474. Phone:(406)434-7184

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Best Western Shelby Inn & Suites
1948 Roosevelt Hwy. Shelby, MT 59474
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Comfort Inn Gateway to Glacier
455 McKinley Ave. Shelby, MT 59474
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