The town was named after the Broaddus family which were early settlers in the area. When the streets were being planned out, they were made wide enough for a horse-drawn carriage to turn around. The original streets are still this wide today.
The Battle of Powder River occurred near the site of Broadus on March 17, 1876.
Broadus is located at 45°26′34″N 105°24′33″W (45.442809, -105.409147).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.34 square miles (0.88 km2), all of it land.
Broadus and Powder River County, Montana is served by the Powder River County District High School, which is part of the Broadus Public School System, District No. 79J. In addition to the high school, Broadus Public Schools also operates an elementary and junior high school. The junior and senior high schools have a combined enrollment of 182 students. The elementary school had an enrollment of about 150 for the 2005-06 school year, in pre-kindergarten through sixth grade.
The Powder River Historical Museum includes many items from pioneer times. Within the museum is a special collection called “Mac’s Museum” which includes seashells, minerals and Indian artifacts. The collection was put together by Mac McCurdy.
Annual events include a county fair, Crazy Days, The Chokecherry Festival, multiple rodeos, several street dances, Festival of Lights, and a Buffalo Shoot in which participants shoot targets with .375 or larger rifles.
All information about Broadus, Montana is courtesy of Wikipedia.
Photo by J.B. Chandler