Miles City, Montana is the seat of Custer County. The city was incorporated in 1887 and named after the U.S. Army officer who subdued Native Americans, General Nelson Appleton Miles. Custer County was also named for a U.S. Army officer, Lt. Colonel George Armstrong Custer, who is credited with subduing Native Americans as well.
Miles City and the surrounding area owes its earliest beginnings to the soldiers who staked a claim in the eastern Montana plains. However, it was the pioneering spirit of later settlers that helped the city remain and grow. These early pioneers' livelihoods were also aided by the much-chronicled cattle drive from Texas and infused by the economy-generating railroad. Find out more about Holy Rosary History.
With a population of approximately 8,500 in a county of almost 12,000, Miles City is the largest city in southeastern Montana and the hub of activity for the region. Although growth is evident in our steadily expanding business district and new medical campus of Holy Rosary Healthcare, our community remains true to its friendly, small-town atmosphere.
Ranch and farm families are among the largest contributors to the local economy and to the very fiber of our closely knit community. One of the most appealing features of this area is the people; they will show you what Western hospitality is all about!
Recreation & Attractions
World Famous Miles City Bucking Horse Sale
At an elevation of 2,371 feet, surrounded by the rugged plains and beautiful valleys of the Yellowstone and Tongue Rivers, residents enjoy a climate that is perfect for many year-round outdoor activities
The pace is a bit slower in these parts, unless, you happen to be here during the World Famous Miles City Bucking Horse Sale. Always the third weekend in May, this event (dubbed as the "Cowboy Mardi Gras") consists of three days of broncs riding and auctioning, as well as street dances on Main Street and many other western-style activities. The Bucking Horse Sale is just one of the many tributes to the area's lasting agricultural influence.
Custer County has a beauty all its own. In many places, the prairie seems to stretch on forever, but we also have our breathtaking buttes, rolling hills and awe-inspiring badlands. The Yellowstone and Tongue rivers offer prime fishing and recreational opportunities. There's no shortage of big game hunting, particularly for whitetail and mule deer. Or if you'd rather, you could easily spend a day roaming the Range Riders Museum and Custer County Art Center - both located in Miles City.
The agricultural industry surrounding Miles City includes commercial and breeding cattle and sheep stock. Dry land and irrigated farms produce wheat, barley, hay, sugar beets and corn. Miles City's wholesale, retail, government, medical and service businesses provide centralized shopping, healthcare, financial and professional services, and entertainment for a wide geographic area. Numerous state and federal agencies have local and regional offices in the city. The Miles City Area Chamber of Commerce is at work to keep the economy strong and growing.
Our Local Government
Miles City has a mayor/council for government. Custer County has a commission form of government with commissioners elected at large.
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