Situated in central Montana, Lewistown is a scenic gem nestled among majestic mountains and clear alpine lakes, rivers and springs. Our peaceful position in the Judith Basin is ideal for hunting, fishing, horse riding, camping, hiking, skiing and all types of outdoor leisure. Steeped in Western tradition, Lewistown enjoys a thriving economy built primarily upon ranch, farm, agriculture, manufacturing and local commercial entrepreneurship. If you’re ready to experience Big Sky culture for yourself, we cordially invite you to Lewistown, Central Montana and the state.
For a fascinating look at our region’s heritage, be sure to visit the Central Montana Historical Museum in Lewistown. Browse a delectable assortment of local MT ranch and farm produce, baked goods, syrups and herbs at the Lewistown Farmers Market. Held on the first Saturday after Labor Day, the annual Chokecherry Festival is one of our community’s most celebrated traditions. A tribute to the small red berry found in Lewistown, venders line the street selling specialty food items, wood crafts, art and more. Other festivities include a pancake breakfast, chokecherry culinary competition and chokecherry spitting contest.
Lewistown's rich cultural heritage began when the Metis, an aboriginal peoples from Canada, in their Red River carts followed the dwindling buffalo herds and settled here in 1879. Open range ranchers, farmers, gold miners and homesteaders soon followed. The town became an incorporated city in 1899. The beautiful golden domed Fergus County Court House was erected in 1907.
Between 1905 and 1919, Lewistown experienced a period of rapid growth and prosperity. Prominent businessmen, ranchers and farmers invested on Main Street Lewistown and created mansions for their families within walking distance of their business ventures.
Two railroads provided service to Lewistown; the Milwaukee depot and the Great Northern depot. Immigrants, in search of a better life and free land arrived by the thousands and settled in Central Montana to farm, ranch and start businesses. The railroad also made it possible for local architects and contractors to bring in materials and goods for elaborate and unique Montana architectural buildings.
Lewistown gets approximately 22 inches of rain and 115 inches of snowfall annually. The number of days with any measurable precipitation is 105. On average, there are 196 sunny days a year.
Lewistown Public School District is made up of three elementary, a junior high and senior high schools. As an alternative, Central Montana Christian School is available for private educational opportunity.
We are home to Lewistown Municipal Airport with two other public-use airports within approximately 30 miles. Residents also have access to Lewiston Public Library.
The region is home to the James Kipp Recreation Area in the C.M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge and the Judith Peak Recreation Area in the Judith Mountains. The area provides great opportunities for other activities such as hunting, fishing, horse riding, hiking, golfing, climbing, rafting and canoeing.
This is just a taste of the many amenities and recreational opportunities one will find in Lewistown, Fergus County and across the state of Montana. Come by our United Country Real Estate and Auction office and let us tell you more about the many real estate properties and auctions we offer and let us help you make your Montana real estate dreams a reality.