Dillon Travel Guide

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Dillon Overview

Dillon is a town of about 4300 (up 13% since 2000) located at the intersection of Interstate 15 (exits 62 and 63) and Montana Highways 71 and 91 in Beaverhead County in Southwest Montana not far from the border with Idaho. Dillon was established in 1880 as a transportation hub along the Union Pacific Railroad for gold mining towns in the area like Bannack, Virginia City, and Glen, amongst others; and was named for Union Pacific President Sydney Dillon. In 1881, Dillon and Bannack fought a fairly nasty battle (mostly verbally thankfully) to become the county seat. Dillon won. In 1934 a circus elephant was struck by lightning; it is buried on the fairgrounds. Beaverhead County was established in 1865 and was named after a rock formation that the Shoshone Tribe described as “like a beaver head”. Bannack was the county seat from 1865 until 1881 when Dillon was chosen. The border of Beaverhead County follows the continental divide for much of its length.

Dillon has a very nice historic district with several buildings of historical and/or architectural interest. There are 11 individual locations in Dillon listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

The excellent Beaverhead County Museum is located here.