About Dillon, Montana
Dillon, Montana is an economically stable and friendly and easy going town of about 4,500 residents. It is the seat of Beaverhead County, Montana's largest county, and offers a rich history, diversified economy, and exceptional outdoor recreation!
Dillon is located between Butte and the Idaho Border along I-15 at the junction of Montana Hwy 41 and Hwy 278.
Fortune smiled on the company of Lewis and Clark as they traveled through this area looking for a way west. Three generations later, the Nez Perce fled this region after a tragic battle at the Big Hole. Along the scenic byways, abundant wildlife and historic towns, you'll find country with a lasting role in the settling of the western frontier.
Dillon started as a ranching town when the railroad brought settlers to the Beaverhead Valley in the late 1800s. The Utah and Northern Railroads brought in many people from Monida Pass. The town was named after the president of the Union Pacific Railroad, Sidney Dillon. In 1869 sheep were brought into the Beaverhead Valley, and quickly turned Dillon into the largest wool shipping point in Montana at the time. Cattle became also a major source of income for the early residents of Dillon when they were introduced in 1865, which added substantially to the areas development. Miners were also attracted to the area in search of gold, silver and much more!
Even today, the western frontier is definitely still alive in Dillon, Montana. Our population is comprised of many honest, hard working and genuinely friendly folks.
It has been documented that the economic climate in Dillon and Beaverhead County, Montana remains steady amid rising fuel costs, etc.
Dillon is the home of numerous cottage industries and small businesses as well as larger employers such as Barrett Hospital & Healthcare, University of Montana Western, Great Harvest Bread Co. Corporate Office, Patagonia Outlet, and Barrett Minerals, to name a few.
Dillon offers exceptional medical facilities, and numerous community service organizations. Basic services and retail stores are here, expanded services & commercial airports are within an easy 1 to 2 hour drive. The area's immense outdoors for fishing, hunting, camping and related activities in the nearby mountain ranges and scenic valleys. As a sparsely populated area, you will be amazed at how easy it is to get away from it all.
Area Climate is relatively mild by Montana standards with low rainfall, lots of sunny days and fairly moderate temperature extremes.
If you are looking for a slower pace of life, no traffic congestion, low crime rates and love the outdoors Dillon can be a satisfying place to live.