Terry, incorporated in 1910, is a town in and the county seat of Prairie County, Montana, United States. The population was 605 at the 2010 census.
The site where Terry is located was first called Joubert’s Landing, in recognition of the man who built a supply point along the Yellowstone River for freighters traveling from Bismarck, Dakota Territory, to Miles City, Montana Territory. When the Northern Pacific Railway’s transcontinental rail line arrived in 1881, the town was renamed for Alfred Howe Terry, a General in the Union Army who commanded an 1876 expedition in connection with George Armstrong Custer’s campaign against Native Americans, specifically in the west.
Terry became a two-railroad town when the Milwaukee Road constructed a transcontinental line known as the Pacific Extension through the town in the early 20th century. The Custer Creek train wreck, the worst rail disaster in Montana history, occurred near Terry along this line in 1938.
Major Land Features
The Yellowstone River runs adjacent to the township of Terry, and constitutes a major component in the town’s economy. The Buffalo Rapids Project is a large irrigation project that draws on the Yellowstone’s water. The river is also a source of recreation, with many people fishing and kayaking in its waters.
The only schools in Prairie County are located in Terry. The K-12 enrollment at the beginning of the 07-08 school year was 125 students.
Bolin Elementary School
Grandey Middle School
Terry High School
Several festivals are held annually in Terry. The largest of these events is “Terry Yippie”, a town-wide BBQ and games fair held in Terry Central Park. The Evelyn Cameron Gala is often in the fall. In August, the Prairie County Fair is held at the Terry Fairgrounds.
The Terry Badlands WSA and the Evelyn Cameron Museum attract visitors from all over the world every year. The guest registry in the Evelyn Cameron museum has entries from as far away as Europe, Asia, and Africa. Efforts to increase ecotourism include an Americorps VISTA project to create a trail network for hikers and campers in the surrounding badlands. The Terry Badlands Trails Project encourages the Leave No Trace principles.
All information about Terry, Montana is courtesy of Wikipedia.
Photo by The Terry Advocate