About Bozeman

About Bozeman: History – 59715 – Gallatin County MT – John Bozeman – Bozeman MT – 59718 – Fort Ellis – Bozeman Pioneers and Founders – Population ~ 39,000

In 1864, W.W. Alderson described Montana’s Gallatin Valley as “one of the most beautiful and picturesque valleys the eye ever beheld, abounding in springs of clear water.” In the late 1800′s many agreed, calling it “The Egypt” or “The Garden Spot of Montana.”

Bozeman, Montana is named after John M. Bozeman, founder of the strategic Bozeman Trail.

Located in one of the fastest-growing counties in Montana, Bozeman is home to  Montana State University, the Museum of the Rockies, excellent Bozeman schools, world-class skiing and snowboarding, fishing, hunting, hiking, kayaking, horseback riding, ice climbing, camping, rafting, birding, biking, golf, hockey, running, and many Bozeman area events.

Bozeman, population ~39,000 (latitude 45.68N, longitude, 111.05W, elevation 4772′), is in southwestern Montana, USA. Bozeman, MT is the seat of Gallatin County, MT, population ~96,000 residents.

Recently, the Bozeman Creek Committee has been working to improve Bozeman’s urban waterways.

Bozeman Montana History – Bozeman Pioneers – Montana Native Americans

For thousands of years, Native American tribes like the Shoshone, Bangtail, Nez Perce, Sioux, and Blackfeet, Flathead made the Gallatin Valley Bozeman home, though the Gallatin Valley was not held by a particular tribe.

In July 1806, William Clark, arguably one of the first Bozeman pioneers, of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, took a side trip and visited the Gallatin Valley as he traveled east from Three Forks, Montana following the Gallatin River. Journal entries from Clark’s party briefly describe the future Bozeman as the “Valley of the Flowers,” which came from the southwest Montana native tribes’ apt description of the pristine Gallatin Valley land.

John Bozeman Photo 1865

John Bozeman

In 1863, John Bozeman and his trusty side-kick, John Jacobs, established the Bozeman Trail, a side trail off the famous Oregon Trail. The Bozeman Trail ran through the future city of Bozeman, across the Gallatin Valley and up to the mining town, Virginia City, Montana which lies on the western side of the Gallatin Valley in the Tobacco Root Mountains. John Bozeman began an agricultural colony in the Gallatin Valley to raise potatoes and wheat for Montana miners working in the Virginia City gold mines.

John Bozeman, Daniel Rouse, and William Beall platted the City of Bozeman in 1864

Bozeman, Rouse, and Beall stated, “standing right in the gate of the mountains ready to swallow up all tender-feet that would reach the territory from the east, with their golden fleeces to be taken care of….” In 1865, JohnBozeman was appointed Gallatin County probate judge. About this time, he choose to discontinue leading wagon trains into Montana Territory. Soon thereafter, in 1868, the Indian Wars closed the Bozeman Trail, but the fertile Bozeman land soon attracted permanent settlers seeking agricultural real estate in Bozeman.

In 1866, Nelson Story arrived in Bozeman, MT with 3,000 longhorn cattle. He snuck by angry Native Americans and the U.S. Army, which tried to turn Story back for safety reasons. Story’s cattle formed the first herd of today’s Montana Farm and Ranch industry.

Colonel Augustus Van Horne Ellis

Augustus Van Horne Ellis

Following John Bozeman’s mysterious death near Yellowstone, Fort Ellis was established. The story is told that Bozeman and Thomas Cover encountered a group of Blackfeet at the crossing of the Yellowstone River on April 18, 1867. At this point the story clouds, some say Cover killed Bozeman; some say the Blackfeet killed him. Regardless, John Bozeman’s adventurous life came to an abrupt and premature end, and considerable political disturbance in the area led local settlers and miners to request additional protection from the Blackfeet.

Fort Ellis, East of Bozeman, Montana, Near Bozeman Pass, Established in 1868

In response to the Blackfeet, Fort Ellis was established and commanded by Captain R. S. LaMotte and two companies of the 2nd United States Cavalry. The fort, named in honor of Gettysburg casualty, Colonel Augustus Van Horne Ellis, was decommissioned in 1886; little remains of the actual site, its key realty now occupied by the Fort Ellis Experimental Station of Bozeman’s Montana State University (MSU).

Not only was Fort Ellis established in this period, but Fort Elizabeth Meahger, which did not last long, was built by volunteer United States militiamen in 1867. Fort Meahger, by which it was better known, was established eight miles east of the town of Rock Creek. Northern Pacific Railway tracks were finally laid to the nascent town in 1883, and by 1900, the Bozeman, Montana population reached 3,500 residents.

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Modern Bozeman – Hatchfest – Bozeman Culture: Music – Art – Theater – Film

Downtown Bozeman, Montana made an appearance in the film, “A River Runs Through It,” starring Brad Pitt. Bozeman’s film-making importance continues with its new, annual fall film festival, Hatchfest. It attracts film industry stars and experts who freely mentor Bozeman film and art students and novices. Bozeman’s refurbished historic Ellen Theatre, named for Ellen Story, the mother of T.B. Story, a famous Bozeman architect, is the new home of Montana Theatre Works, which is restoring the Bozeman Ellen Theatre to its original glory.

Bozeman, Montana Geography – Bozeman Weather – Bozeman Mountains

Bozeman, MT is located at 45°40’40″ North, 111°2’50″ West (45.677890, -111.047274), in the Gallatin Valley with the Bridger Mountains to the east, the Tobacco Root Mountains to the west, the Big Belt Mountains to the north, and to the south both the Gallatin Range, with its rugged Hyalite Mountains, and the spectacular Spanish Peaks of the Madison Range. Bozeman

Montana Average Temperature – Bozeman Temperatures Graph

Bozeman Montana Average TemperatureUS Interstate 90 (I-90) passes through Bozeman, which is 90 miles, 140 km east by road of Butte, Montana; 140 miles, 230 km west by road of Billings, Montana; 100 miles, 160km south by road of Helena, Montana; 90 miles, 150 km north by road of West Yellowstone, Montana’s Yellowstone National Park western entry. According to the United States Census Bureau, Bozeman encompasses a total land area iof 12.6 mi2  (32.6 km2); little is covered by water, except for the Hyalite Reservoir, local ponds and swamps, the Gallatin River, the Jefferson River, the Madison River, and other, (excellent Montana fly-fishing) streams.

Bozeman, Montana Demographics – Gallatin County Montana Population

Today, in 2014, Bozeman’s population is approximately 39,000 residents and the population of Gallatin County, Montana is approximately 96,000.

The 2008 U.S. Census put the Gallatin County, MT population at 87,359 residents, which was a 28.8 percent gain or a 19,528 resident increase above the 2000 Census. In 2008, Gallatin County wa ranked 92nd of the 100 fastest growing counties in the United States. Approximately 22% of those counties were in the West. Montana’s overall population increased 6.2% from the 2000 to the 2008 Census. View Bozeman’s Annual Report 2013

From 1990 to 2000, Gallatin County’s population increased by 34.4 percent, ranking Gallatin County, Montana the fifth largest Montana county and as the second fastest growing Montana county.

From 1970 to 2000, the Gallatin County, Montana population increased by over 35,000 individuals, leading to a real estate boom in recent years, increasing sales of Bozeman homes, condos, and town-homes; pushing speculation in Bozeman land and Bozeman building lots; attracting Montana recreational land seekers; bringing Bozeman commercial real estate buyers; re-vitalizing interest in Bozeman ranches and Bozeman farms; and invigorating interest in other Bozeman real estate. The number of small businesses increased 27.7% from 2001 to 2006, increasing Bozeman small businesses to approximately 3940. In 2009, Gallatin County, MT is over 87,000 residents.

Bozeman Montana Recreation – Northern Rocky Mountain Recreation

This part of the northern Rocky Mountain region is home to world-class fly fishing, hunting, golfing, biking, kayaking, climbing, snowboarding, horseback riding, rafting, skiing, hiking, camping, birding, and a host of other recreational opportunities. Why not let me search the MLS for Bozeman Montana homes for sale?

Interesting notes About Bozeman


  1. Bozeman, population, ~36,000 (latitude 45.68N, longitude, 111.05W, elevation 4772′), is in southwestern Montana, USA. Bozeman, MT is the home of Gallatin County, MT, population ~87,400.
  2. Recently, the Bozeman Creek Committee has been working to improve Bozeman’s urban waterway, Bozeman Creek.
  3. Bozeman, Montana is named after John M. Bozeman, founder of the strategic Bozeman Trail.
  4. Montana made an appearance in the film, “A River Runs Through It,” starring Brad Pitt. Bozeman’s film-making importance continues with its new, annual fall film festival, Hatchfest. It attracts film industry stars and experts who freely mentor Bozeman film and art students and novices. Bozeman’s refurbished historic Ellen Theatre, named for Ellen Story, the mother of T.B. Story, a famous Bozeman architect, is the new home of Montana Theatre Works, which is restoring the Bozeman Ellen Theatre to its original glory.
  5. Bozeman, MT is located at 45°40’40″ North, 111°2’50″ West (45.677890, -111.047274), in the Gallatin Valley with the Bridger Mountains to the east, the Tobacco Root Mountains to the west, the Big Belt Mountains to the north, and to the south both the Gallatin Range, with its rugged Hyalite Mountains, and the spectacular Spanish Peaks of the Madison Range.
  6. US Interstate 90 (I-90) passes through Bozeman, which is 90 miles, 140 km east by road of Butte, Montana; 140 miles, 230 km west by road of Billings, Montana; 100 miles, 160km south by road of Helena, Montana; 90 miles, 150 km north by road of West Yellowstone, Montana’s Yellowstone National Park
  7. According to the United States Census Bureau, Bozeman encompasses a total land area of 12.6 mi, 32.6 km; little is covered by water, except for the Hyalite Reservoir, local ponds and swamps, the Gallatin River, the Jefferson River, the Madison River, and other, (excellent) Montana streams and rivers.