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Broadus is a town in and the county seat of Powder River County, Montana, United States. The population was 468 at the 2010 census.HistoryAmerican Indian WarsThe Powder River Battles, part of the Powder River Expedition of 1865, were fought near the present-day town from September 1-11, 1865, by the U.S. Army against Sioux, Cheyenne, and Arapaho warriors. On March 17, 1876, the Battle of Powder River occurred about 34mi southwest of present-day Broadus, and on April 5, 1879, the Mizpah Creek Incidents began roughly 45mi north of the town's present location.The TownThe Broadus post office was established in 1900, and named after the Broaddus family, early settlers in the area. When the town's streets were being planned, they were made wide enough for a horse-drawn carriage to turn around. The original streets are still this wide today. In 1918 publication of the Broadus Independent began, and is still published today, although it is now called the Powder River Examiner.In 1920, Broadus was chosen as the county seat of the newly established Powder River County. As an incentive for voters choosing Broadus, Margaret Trautman promised a donation of 80 acres from her ranch to the town.When Bell Creek Oil Field opened in the late 1960s, the economy of Broadus boomed. Oil and gas production continue to be important to the local economy.
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