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Cattle, Coal and A Western Lifestyle
Roundup is the county seat of Musselshell County with a population of under 2000 residents. A small town with a total size of 1.34 square miles, it is a piece of the west that maintains a warm and friendly atmosphere. The grand Musselshell River runs right through the town and at this particular spot along the river cattlemen chose to 'round up' their cattle after a long drive across the county – thus the name. Not only is it a place for rounding up cattle, it's also the trailhead for the Great Montana Centennial Cattle Drive, which now happens every year.
The Centennial Cattle Drive was a celebration of life before fences. It happened in 1989 and was used to raise money for college scholarships. It was the culmination of nearly 2,500 people driving 2,800 head of cattle from Roundup to Billings. The 200 wagons traveled 50 miles in six days along major highway routes. The drive was such a success that it continues to happen on a yearly basis.
Beyond cattle, the Roundup area has numerous coal mines that helped maintain an economy that helped people stay in the town. Agriculture was also mainstay for many nearby residents. The Musselshell Valley Historical Museum captures the history of this area and explains how coal, agriculture and cattle made this city the thriving town it was in days of old.
Even though Roundup isn't as bustling as it once was, there is still a lot of life in this old western town. The pristine surroundings make this an attractive place for visitors and residents alike. If you are looking to move to the area or want to purchase some recreational property nearby, contact Clearwater Montana Properties and let our knowledgeable agents help you find the property of your dreams.