Two Dot, Montana

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Two Dot
unincorporated community
Wilson Street, Two Dot
Wilson Street, Two Dot
Nickname(s): Twodot
Coordinates: 46°25′28″N 110°04′23″W / 46.42444°N 110.07306°W / 46.42444; -110.07306Coordinates: 46°25′28″N 110°04′23″W / 46.42444°N 110.07306°W / 46.42444; -110.07306[1]
County Wheatland County, Montana
Twodot 1900
Founded by George R. Wilson
Elevation 4,442 ft (1,354 m)
ZIP codes 59085
GNIS feature ID 777889[2]

Two Dot is a small unincorporated community in west-central Wheatland County, Montana, United States, along the route of U.S. Route 12.

The town got its name from the cattle brand of George R. Wilson (1830-1907), who donated the land for the town. "Two Dot Wilson" had a cattle brand that was simply two dots, placed side by side on the hip of his cattle. The name stuck and the town's name has become somewhat of a Western legend.[3][4]

The town was a station stop on the now-abandoned transcontinental main line of the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad ("the Milwaukee Road"), and was the site of one of the substations of the railroad's electrification project. Two Dot was founded in 1900 as a station on the Montana Railroad, local predecessor to the Milwaukee Road.

For much of the town's history, two variant spellings of the town's name were in use: "Two Dot," and "Twodot." The "Two Dot" spelling is now generally accepted as being correct, and the name of the town's post office was officially changed from Twodot to Two Dot in 1999.[5]

Popular culture[edit]

In 1983 Hank Williams Jr. immortalized Two Dot in his Strong Stuff album with the song "Twodot, Montana".[6]


Images of Two Dot, Montana
Two Dot State Bank, Aug 1977 
TwoDot Bar, 2011 
Two Dot postal cancellation 

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Twodot, Montana". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  2. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Two Dot
  3. ^ "History of Two Dot". Ancestry.com. Retrieved 2011-07-18. 
  4. ^ "A Short Biography of George R. (Two Dot) Wilson (1830-1907)". Ancestry.com. Retrieved 2011-07-18. 
  5. ^ "Post Offices". Jim Forte Postal History. Retrieved 5 January 2017. 
  6. ^ "Twodot Montana by Hank Williams Jr.". Superlyrics.com. Retrieved 2011-07-18.