Pray, Montana

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Pray, Montana
Pray, Montana is located in Montana
Pray, Montana
Pray, Montana
Pray, Montana is located in the United States
Pray, Montana
Pray, Montana
Coordinates: 45°22′49″N 110°40′54″W / 45.38028°N 110.68167°W / 45.38028; -110.68167Coordinates: 45°22′49″N 110°40′54″W / 45.38028°N 110.68167°W / 45.38028; -110.68167
CountryUnited States
 • Total29.154 sq mi (75.51 km2)
 • Land28.625 sq mi (74.14 km2)
 • Water0.529 sq mi (1.37 km2)
5,003 ft (1,525 m)
 • Total681
 • Density23/sq mi (9.0/km2)
Time zoneUTC-7 (Mountain (MST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-6 (MDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)406
GNIS feature ID789175[3]

Pray is a census-designated place and unincorporated community in Park County, Montana, in the Paradise Valley. The town was founded in 1907 by Valentine Eggar, an entrepreneur.[4] He named it after Congressman Charles Nelson Pray. Its population was 681 as of the 2010 census.[2] Pray has a post office with ZIP code 59065, which opened on December 8, 1909.[5][6]

The community is located on Highway 540 (East River Road), on the Yellowstone River. It is 22 miles from Livingston, and 30 miles from Yellowstone National Park.[7] "Pray offers picturesque views of the Absaroka Mountain Range in the Gallatin National Forest."[8] Chico Hot Springs Resort & Day Spa is located three miles south of the town.[9]

In 2012, the five acres that make up the town of Pray were offered for sale by owner Barbara Walker, a photographer, for $1.4 million.[10] The town "has been privately owned since it was founded."[7] Ms. Walker's family began running the town in 1953; she became mayor in 2007.[10]

"Being the owner of Pray doesn't have to be a difficult job," according to Ms. Walker.

"The town is pretty low-maintenance ... You collect the rent once a month and water and mow the lawn."[4]

In September 2018 the town of Pray was bought by Colin Burke for $420,000. He is currently building several log cabins on the property for short, and long-term, rentals. In addition to being the sole proprietor, Colin is also the Mayor and Sheriff of Pray.


  1. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14.
  3. ^ "Pray". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  4. ^ a b French, Brett (2012-02-20). "Pray for sale: Last of family owners offers Paradise Valley town at $1.4 million". Billings Gazette. Retrieved 2013-12-05.
  5. ^ United States Postal Service (2012). "USPS - Look Up a ZIP Code". Retrieved 2012-02-15.
  6. ^ "Postmaster Finder - Post Offices by ZIP Code". United States Postal Service. Retrieved August 1, 2013.
  7. ^ a b "12 Towns For Sale: Pray, Mont. Auction Launches". ABC News, Good Morning America. 2013. Retrieved 2013-12-05.
  8. ^ "Pray Montana Travel Information". Retrieved 2013-12-05.
  9. ^ "Chico Hot Springs Resort & Day Spa". Retrieved 2013-12-05.
  10. ^ a b Tracy, Ben. "Montana town for sale, just $1.4 million". CBS News. Retrieved 2013-12-05.

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