Townsend Schools Seventh Graders gathered at the Historic Radersburg Schoolhouse for a presentation from Broadwater County Museum Curator Linda Huth about the history of Radersburg during the second annual Radersburg History Outing sponsored by the Broadwater County Museum, Radersburg Historic Preserveration, Inc. and Preserve Broadwater History.

To read more about the outing click on Second Annual Radersburg History Outing


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We also have a small but fascinating set of stories of Radersburg folks



Radersburg - Far from a ghost town, Radersburg is a friendly community of about 75 founded in 1866 in the Crow Creek Valley. Once home to more than 1,000 miners and their families and the seat of Jefferson County from 1869-1884, Radersburg's main street is lined with historic buildings dating back to it's days of glory.  From Townsend, take U.S. 287 south about 12 miles, across the Missouri River. Turn west at the Bunkhouse Bar and follow the Montana 285 about 10 miles west.

Independent Record, Helena Montana


We looked forward to court proceedings as one of the most active days for the "Burg". Attorneys from Helena handled most of the cases, namely Colonel Sanders (not the fried chicken king), John Shober, Warren Toole, Judge Simes, Masena Bullard and a few others.


Radersburg (Broadwater County) is southwest of Townsend and named for Reuben Rader, a large landowner who donated the property for the townsite. Radersburg is an old mining town which sprang up in 1866 when John Keating opened his Keating Mine; the town boomed the following year when the East Pacific claim was discovered north of town. The post office was established in 1868 with Robert Mimms as postmaster; at the time it was in Jefferson County and for awhile the county seat, complete with courthouse and jail. The two-story Freemont Hotel, made of squared logs and square nails, was described as a "first-class hotel" in 1871. A now-decaying frame church(1) was dedicated by Brother Van in 1917. Radersburg was the birth place of movie star Myrna Loy, whose real name was Myrna Williams. The post office was changed to a rural indepedent station in 1966.

Roberta Carkeek Cheney, "Names on the Face of Montana, the story of Montana's Place Names"
Mountain Press Publishing Company, Missoula Montana, 1983


(1): The decaying Methodist Church mentioned in the above article has been restored and is being maintained by Radersburg Historical Preservation , Inc. (RHPI)