Boulder Travel Guide

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Boulder Overview

Boulder is a nice little town of about 1200 (down 8% since 2000) located along Interstate 15 (Exit 164) at the intersection with Montana Highway 69 in Jefferson County in Southwest Montana. Boulder was established in the early 1860s as a stop along the stagecoach line. The railroad came in 1888. The town was named Boulder Valley for all the large rock formations in the area, and the name was later shortened to just “Boulder”. Boulder is the county seat of Jefferson County. Jefferson County was established in 1865 and was named for Thomas Jefferson. The Jefferson County Courthouse was completed in 1888 with a budget of $40,000. It was designed by German born and trained architect John Paulsen using the Richardsonian Romanesque style of architecture and is one of the oldest existing courthouses in the state. The grand style is indicative of the high hopes brought on by the gold and silver booms and the gargoyles on the corners added a sense of whimsy. The Jefferson County Courthouse is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Boulder has a nice little historic district with a few buildings of historical and/or architectural interest. I especially liked the Windsor Block, which used to be a fancy hotel, the old asylum, and the old church. There are four locations in Boulder listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Boulder also has a very nice small town historical museum.

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