Sweetgrass–Coutts Border Crossing

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Sweetgrass–Coutts Border Crossing
Coutts, Alberta border crossing into the USA.jpg
Entering Canada at the Sweetgrass-Coutts Joint Border Inspection Station
CountryUnited States; Canada
Coordinates48°59′54″N 111°57′38″W / 48.998393°N 111.960447°W / 48.998393; -111.960447Coordinates: 48°59′54″N 111°57′38″W / 48.998393°N 111.960447°W / 48.998393; -111.960447
US Phone(406) 335-9610
Canadian Phone(800) 461 9999
HoursOpen 24 hours

The Sweetgrass–Coutts Border Crossing connects the town of Sweet Grass, Montana, with Coutts, Alberta, on the Canada–United States border. It is the busiest port of entry in the state of Montana, and is the location where Interstate 15 meets Alberta Highway 4. This crossing is open 24/7.


US Border Inspection Station at Sweetgrass, Montana, as seen in 1997

The port of entry was established in 1890 when a narrow gauge railroad was completed by the Galt Companies that delivered coal from Lethbridge, Alberta, to Great Falls, Montana.[1] In 1936, the US built an elaborate Georgian Revival border station which still stands today, and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. This station was replaced around 1979 with a single story brick building when US Route 91 was replaced by Interstate 15 a few feet to the west. This building has since been demolished. In 2004, the US and Canada completed work on a massive joint border inspection station which houses the inspection agencies of both countries. Rail traffic continues to cross the border at this location as trackage of the Canadian Pacific Railway and BNSF Railway meet here.

US border station at Sweetgrass MT as seen in 1936

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  1. ^ "The Village of Coutts, Alberta Territory, began as a hamlet in 1890..." CouttsAlberta.com. Retrieved 31 March 2015.