About Augusta, MT

Western Flavor

If you like a town with real Western flavor, try roaming the streets of Augusta. The Old West lingers in Augusta, where back-country wranglers swap tales with cowboys and visitors. 

Montana has been called the "Last Best Place" and Augusta, MT has been called the "Last Original Cow Town in the West".

Gateway to the Crown Jewel

Cuddled in the shadow of the Rocky Mountain Front, Augusta serves as the Trailhead to the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex. Augusta is the "Gateway to the Crown Jewel" of the wilderness system. The Bob is one of the most completely preserved mountain ecosystems in the world. It is the kind of wilderness most people can only imagine.

Extensive and Beautiful

Waving prairie grasses and scattered timber invited cattlemen into the Augusta area in the early settlement days of Montana. One of the very first white explorers to view the beauty of the Augusta area was Captain Meriwether Lewis of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. In early July of 1806, Lewis and his men traveled through this area and camped several nights near the present site of Augusta. The extensive journals maintained by Lewis contain references to the mountain south of Augusta, known today as Haystack Butte, and the "extensive, beautiful and level bottom" of the Augusta area.

See for Yourself

Augusta is located on the shortest route between Yellowstone National Park and Glacier National Park on U.S. Highway #287: 53 miles west and slightly south of Great Falls and about 65 miles north and slightly west of Helena. 

Augusta, Montana, United States

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A Brief History

In 1862 Congress insured safe transportation west for wagon trains entering into hostile Indian country. It was about this same time came that cattlemen arrived in Montana with their large herds of cattle. Huge areas of land were controlled by these large cattle operations under a law called "customary range". 

The South Fork of the Sun River near Augusta earned the reputation of being one of the stock paradises of Montana. Cattle thrived on the native grasses and at one time it was thought there were more than a half-million of cattle in the immediate vicinity.

The Montana Territory was accepted into statehood in 1889 and the original Augusta town site was surveyed and dedicated on May 8, 1893. The most accepted version in the naming of the town is after Augusta Hogan who was thought to be the first child born in the town.

Some of the more significant changes which have impacted Augusta over the years include:

  • The Bureau of Reclamation's efforts to irrigate more land and the creation of the Willow Creek Reservoir in 1908 and it's enlargement in 1941;
  • Completion of Gibson Dam in 1929, the last of the major irrigation projects in the Sun River drainage;
  • The Forest Service's consolidation of three former districts into the Augusta Ranger District which remains a vital part of our community today;
  • Creation of the Bob Marshall Wilderness in 1940; and
  • The acquisition and opening of the Sun River Game Range in 1947.

Today, Augusta's history, heritage, and livelihood remain rooted in the cattle business.


Augusta is the gateway to the immense Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex that offers hikers and backpackers access to the unspoiled, rugged beauty of the high country.