Fun Facts
 Hardin is the midway point between Seattle and Minneapolis. 
And Billings and Sheridan.

To date, there have been 27  Mayors for the City of Hardin. The first Mayor was Thomas Mouat back in 1911.  Mayor, Ron Adams, has served the most years as Mayor; 15 years.

City of Hardin is known as the City with a Reason. What is the reason? Well, back in the early 1900's, Mr. Dutonque put together a brochure to promote the City of Hardin by saying it had the potential for growth due to its being a shipping point for agriculture.   So the reason? Potential for growth. 

Hardin has had 3 women Mayor's. Miriam Ransier who was elected by the City Council to serve out the remainder of her husbands term after his death in 1940, Leona Hodgson who was elected by Council to fill out Meeke's term when he resigned in 1976 due to poor health, and Kim Hammond who was the only female elected from a regular scheduled election by the people of Hardin in 2010.

The Lincoln Land Co. chose where the City of Hardin would be based on it's location between Sheridan, Wyoming and Billings, Montana. They wanted a town placed somewhere in the middle.

The City of Hardin gets its water from the Big Horn River.

On December 8, 1983, Governor Ted Schwinden proclaimed Hardin, MT as the State Capital For A Day. The Proclamation still hangs on the wall at the City Administrative Offices.

I-90 west and south, and MT Highway 47 and I-94 east connects Hardin to major cities such as Seattle, WA, Denver, Co, and St. Paul/Minneapolis, MN. I-90 and US 212 lead directly to Little Bighorn Battlefield and the Black Hills, SD. MT 313 puts Hardin on a direct route to Bighorn National Recreational Area.

The City of Hardin is located in south central Montana west of the confluence of the Big Horn and Little Big Horn Rivers. The community is located on Interstate 90 approximately 48 miles east of Billings and 60 miles north of the Wyoming state line.

Hardin lies adjacent and immediately north of the Crow Indian Reservation. The Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation is located approximately 40 miles to the east.

The Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument is located 15 miles south of Hardin, and Yellowtail Dam and the Big Horn Canyon National Recreation Area are located 45 miles to the south.

Hardin is the regional trade and governmental center for Big Horn County, and historically, has served as the primary trade center for a rich agricultural and ranching region extending both north and south of the City along the valley of the Big Horn River.

The major crops grown in the Hardin area include wheat, barley, sugar beets, and hay. 

The completion of the Yellowtail Dam 45 miles southwest of Hardin increased irrigation agriculture in the area. 

Big Horn County is the 8th largest producer of beef in the United States.

Elevation 2,902 
Average Rainfall 12.4 Inches 
Growing Season 133 Days 

The City of Hardin covers 2.62 square miles including the Hardin Industrial Park.

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