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Broadwater County is a county located in the state of Montana. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 5,612. Its county seat is Townsend. The county was named for Charles Arthur Broadwater, a noted Montana railroad, real estate, and banking magnate
Charles A. Broadwater, a pioneer in the area and colonel in the United States Army
County QuickFacts: CensusBureau Quick Facts
Broadwater County was created 9 February 1897 from Jefferson and Meagher Counties. County seat: Townsend
The Lewis and Clark Expedition travelled through what is now Broadwater County as they traced the Missouri River. Gold was discovered in the Big Belt Mountains in 1864 which brought several mining towns. In 1881 the Northern Pacific Railway with a stop in what is now Townsend.
As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,239 square miles (3,209 km2), of which,
1,191 square miles (3,086 km2) of it is land and 48 square miles (123 km2) of it (3.84%) is water.
Bordering counties are as follows: