There are fifty-six counties in Montana. Montana has two consolidated city-counties- Anaconda
with Deer Lodge County and Butte with Silver Bow County. The portion of Yellowstone National Park that lies
within Montana was not part of any county until 1997, when part of it was nominally added to Gallatin County,
and the rest of it to Park County.
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The Montana legislature created Pondera County 17 February 1919 from Chouteau and Teton Counties with Conrad as
the county seat. Local lore suggests that Pondera is either the phonetic spelling of the French word "Pend d'Oreille"
meaning hanging earring or "pain d'or"meaning golden bread for the color of the native grasses in the area. Wheat
production remains the main industry for the county.
Geography: Land and Water
As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,640 square miles (4,247 km2), of which,
1,625 square miles (4,208 km2) of it is land and 15 square miles (39 km2) of it (0.92%) is water.