Lombard, Montana

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Lombard
Ghost town
Abandoned Milwaukee Road bridge over the Missouri River at Lombard, Montana
Abandoned Milwaukee Road bridge over the Missouri River at Lombard, Montana
Lombard is located in Montana
Lombard
Lombard
Location of Lombard in Montana
Coordinates: 46°06′27″N 111°23′56″W / 46.10750°N 111.39889°W / 46.10750; -111.39889Coordinates: 46°06′27″N 111°23′56″W / 46.10750°N 111.39889°W / 46.10750; -111.39889[1]
Country United States
State Montana
County Broadwater
Established 1895
Abandoned 1980
Named for A.G. Lombard
Elevation 3,996 ft (1,218 m)

Lombard is a ghost town in southeastern Broadwater County, Montana, United States. The town was located on the east bank of the Missouri River, just north of the mouth of Sixteen Mile Creek. Lombard was established in 1895 as the western terminus of the Montana Railroad, and the location of its interchange with the Northern Pacific Railway. In 1908, the Montana Railroad was incorporated into the new transcontinental main line of the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad ("the Milwaukee Road"). This lessened Lombard's importance as a railroad operational base, but the town survived as an interchange point between the Milwaukee and the Northern Pacific.

Lombard was named for A.G. Lombard, the chief engineer of the Montana Railroad. The town's post office was first opened in 1896, and closed in 1957.

The population of Lombard declined throughout the first half of the twentieth century, corresponding with its lessening importance as a railroad town. Lombard was deserted by the time the Milwaukee Road line through the area was abandoned in 1980, and it remains a ghost town today.

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Further reading[edit]

  • Baker, Don B. (1990). The Montana Railroad: Alias : The Jawbone. Boulder, Colorado: Fred Pruett Books. ISBN 978-0-9623868-1-7. 
  • Lutz, Dennis J. (1986). Montana Post Offices and Postmasters. Rochester, Minnesota: Johnson Printing Co.