HB 9: Kelsey's Bill which brought Powder River County into being
May 2, 2019
Just over 100 years ago, on January 10th, 1919, Montana House Bill 9 was introduced in the Montana House of Representatives, courtesy of Representative Frank T. Kelsey, a rancher from Moorhead, and Representative for Custer County.
The bill, written by Albert W. Heidel, laid out a plan for the formation of Powder River County, which would break off from Custer County.
Over the next two months, debate would ensue in the legislature regarding the bill, until it would eventually become law on March 7, 1919, forming what we now know as Powder River County, MT.
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