Baker, Montana

Baker Montana

Baker is a city in and the county seat of Fallon County, Montana, United States. The population was 1,741 at the 2010 census. It was named after A.G. Baker, an engineer with the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad.

History
Baker was built along the transcontinental rail line of the Milwaukee Road near where the railroad created a lake to supply water to its steam locomotives. The city was known as Lorraine for a brief time before being renamed in honor of Milwaukee Road engineer A.G. Baker. A successful Milwaukee Land Company campaign to attract homesteaders to the area allowed the city to grow and serve a large community of dryland farmers. Additional growth occurred following the 1912 discovery of oil and natural gas deposits nearby.

Geography
Baker is located at 46°21’53?N 104°16’30?W (46.364817, -104.275089)

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.07 square miles (2.77 km2), of which 0.97 square miles (2.51 km2) is land and 0.10 square miles (0.26 km2) is water.
Sandstone rock is the predominant feature. Nearby Medicine Rocks State Park has many unusual sandstone rock formations.

Climate
Baker experiences a semi-arid climate (Köppen BSk) with cold, dry winters and hot, wetter summers.

Transportation
The Baker Municipal Airport is located one nautical mile (1.15 mi, 1.85 km) southeast of Baker’s central business district.

Education
Baker High School has an enrollment of 140, which places it in class B within the Montana high school sports system. The school mascot is the ‘Spartan’.

All information about Baker, Montana courtesy of Wikipedia.
Photo by J.B. Chandler