Moccasin, Montana

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Moccasin
Populated community
Moccasin, Montana
Moccasin, Montana
Moccasin is located in Montana
Moccasin
Moccasin
Location of Moccasin in Montana
Coordinates: 47°03′12″N 109°54′38″W / 47.05333°N 109.91056°W / 47.05333; -109.91056Coordinates: 47°03′12″N 109°54′38″W / 47.05333°N 109.91056°W / 47.05333; -109.91056
Country United States
State Montana
County Judith Basin
Elevation 4,183 ft (1,275 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 162
ISO 3166 code US-MT

Moccasin is an unincorporated community in Judith Basin County, Montana, United States. The community was named for the nearby Moccasin mountain range.[1] Although it is unincorporated, Moccasin has a post office, with the ZIP code of 59462.[2]

History[edit]

The name of the town came from a nearby mountain range called the Moccasin Mountain range. The name of the mountains come from the look with densely forested lodge pole pine trees; the Native Americans thought they looked like moccasins, thus giving the mountains and the town a name.[3]

Moccasin has also been hit hard by devastating wildfires that struck the area in 1916, 1919, 1922, and 1955. The town never really recovered from the fires which burned an entire block of buildings.[3]

Moccasin began as a homestead community. In 1908 the Montana State legislature created the MSU Central Agricultural Research Center, 3 miles west of Moccasin. The purpose of the center was to teach dry land farming techniques to the newly arrived homesteaders. Even after the homesteaders bust, the center went on to develop machinery and new crops, improving the area's wheat yields.[3]

The nearby Ackley Lake State Park, named after an early settler and frontiersman, offers diverse water sports opportunities. Stocked with rainbow trout, the lake is often good angling for 10 to 15 inch fish. The elevation of the park is 4,336 feet and is 160 acres in size.[3]

Climate[edit]

The Köppen Climate System classifies the weather as humid continental, abbreviated as Dfb.[4]

Climate data for Moccasin, Montana
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 1
(33)
2
(36)
6
(42)
12
(53)
17
(62)
21
(70)
27
(80)
27
(80)
20
(68)
14
(58)
7
(44)
2
(36)
13
(55)
Average low °C (°F) −12
(10)
−11
(13)
−7
(19)
−2
(29)
3
(38)
8
(46)
11
(51)
10
(50)
5
(41)
0
(32)
−6
(21)
−10
(14)
−1
(30)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 15
(0.6)
10
(0.4)
18
(0.7)
30
(1.2)
64
(2.5)
79
(3.1)
43
(1.7)
41
(1.6)
36
(1.4)
23
(0.9)
15
(0.6)
13
(0.5)
389
(15.3)
Source: Weatherbase [5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Moccasin". North Central Montana Travel and Tourist Information. Montana's Russell Country. Retrieved 2010-07-11. 
  2. ^ Zip Code Lookup
  3. ^ a b c d "Moccasin". North Central Montana Travel and Tourist Information. Montana's Russell Country. Retrieved 2012-09-04. 
  4. ^ Climate Summary for Moccasin, Montana
  5. ^ "Weatherbase.com". Weatherbase. 2013.  Retrieved on September 5, 2013.

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