Acton, Montana

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Acton, Montana
Unincorporated community
Acton, Montana is located in Montana
Acton, Montana
Acton, Montana
Acton, Montana is located in the US
Acton, Montana
Acton, Montana
Coordinates: 45°55′50″N 108°40′51″W / 45.93056°N 108.68083°W / 45.93056; -108.68083Coordinates: 45°55′50″N 108°40′51″W / 45.93056°N 108.68083°W / 45.93056; -108.68083
Country United States
State Montana
County Yellowstone
Elevation 3,802 ft (1,159 m)
Population (2010)[1]
 • Total 183
Time zone Mountain (MST) (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP code 59002
Area code(s) 406
GNIS feature ID 777090[2]

Acton is an unincorporated community in northwestern Yellowstone County, Montana, United States. It has a postal ZIP code (59002) and lies along Montana Highway 3 northwest of the city of Billings, the county seat of Yellowstone County.[4] Its elevation is 3,802 feet (1,159 m), and it is located at coordinates |45|55|50|N|108|40|51|W|

History[edit]

Acton is a small farming community which originated as a stop on the Great Northern Railroad. The post office was opened in 1910 and is still in operation.[5] Charles T. Robinson served as the original postmaster.

The village experienced a small boom with the opening of the Yellowston Drag Strip race facility, six miles due west of the old train stop. The depot and elevators are no longer active.

Climate[edit]

According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Acton has a semi-arid climate, abbreviated "BSk" on climate maps.[6]

Climate data for Acton, Montana
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 1
(33)
4
(39)
8
(46)
14
(57)
19
(67)
25
(77)
31
(87)
29
(85)
23
(73)
16
(60)
7
(45)
2
(36)
15
(59)
Average low °C (°F) −10
(14)
−7
(19)
−4
(25)
1
(34)
6
(43)
11
(52)
14
(58)
14
(57)
8
(47)
3
(37)
−3
(26)
−8
(18)
2
(36)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 18
(0.7)
15
(0.6)
28
(1.1)
46
(1.8)
58
(2.3)
53
(2.1)
28
(1.1)
23
(0.9)
33
(1.3)
30
(1.2)
18
(0.7)
15
(0.6)
363
(14.3)
Source: Weatherbase [7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 
  2. ^ "Acton". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  3. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  4. ^ Rand McNally. The Road Atlas '09. Chicago: Rand McNally, 2009, 61.
  5. ^ Carkeek Cheney, Roberta (1983). Names on the Faces of Montana (2 ed.). Missoula, Montana: Mountain Press. ISBN 0-87842-150-5. 
  6. ^ Climate Summary for Acton, Montana
  7. ^ "Weatherbase.com". Weatherbase. 2013.  Retrieved on September 24, 2013.