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Powder River County turns 100


March 21, 2019

What a difference a century makes - The picture on top, taken nearly 100 years ago from atop B-Hill, shows a developing Broadus nestled on a sagebrush flat. A picture taken from the same location earlier this week shows a fully fledged, modern center of commerce for the now 100 year old Powder River County. As a point of reference, note the old bank building in both photos, which is now the Senior Center and Top of the Stairs Dance Studio.

Powder River County turned 100 on St. Patrick's Day, marking a century of independence from Custer County.

On March 17th of 1919, Powder River County was broken off from Custer County to become its own county, with the county commissioners originally meeting at Olive.

Contention ensued as to the location of the permanent county seat, and during this same time period, from 1919 to 1920, Broadus took off as a town in its own right. Broadus soon had a bank, hotel, lumber company, and a number of permanent houses.

During this period, the forerunner of the Powder River Examiner - The Broadus In...

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