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Circle in McCone County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
 

Circle

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, August 17, 2019
1. Circle Marker
Inscription.  Major Seth Mabry, a former Confederate Army officer, came to the Redwater Valley about 1883, driving a heard of longhorns from Texas. President of the Mabry Cattle Co., he branded with a plain circle iron. From the brand, the operator became known as the Circle Ranch. They sold three to four thousand beeves each fall for about 13 years.
Other cattlemen ran the ranch until about 1900 when Peter Dreyer and Hans Grue bought it and used it as a summer camp for sheep and as a stop-over for themselves and other ranchers going to and from Glendive. Two bachelors supposedly cared for the ranch, but also ran a saloon there. Since strong drink spoiled the sheepherders' work habits, Dreyer and Grue offered the place the Dreyer's brother-in-law, Peter Rorvik, in 1903. During an absence of the saloonkeepers, the Rorviks and their six children moved in. The next summer saw 100,000 sheep on the Redwater River. The herders and ranchers needed a supply source, so Rorvik opened a store on the ranch.
So began the town of Circle about one-half mile southwest of here. In 1907, the surrounding lands were opened to homesteading and the area has been producing
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By Barry Swackhamer, August 17, 2019
2. Circle Marker
grain as well as livestock ever since.
 
Erected by Montana Department of Transportation.
 
Location. 47° 24.666′ N, 105° 35.5′ W. Marker is in Circle, Montana, in McCone County. Marker is at the intersection of State Highway 200 and F Avenue, on the right when traveling north on State Highway 200. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Circle MT 59215, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Northern Pacific Railroad in Redwater Valley (a few steps from this marker); Brockway, Montana (approx. 11.2 miles away).
 
More about this marker. This marker is located at the McCone County Museum.
 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 
Sen. George McCone image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 17, 2019
3. Sen. George McCone
1853 - 1829
in whose honor this county was named
Dedicated to his memory on the County's 75th Birthday
1 April 1994
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on December 6, 2019. This page originally submitted on December 6, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 61 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 6, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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