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The population of Colstrip is approximately 2214 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 1,178 (1990), 863 (2010).

The amount of land area in Colstrip is 14.825 sq. kilometers.
The amount of surface water is 0.72 sq kilometers.
The distance from Colstrip to Washington DC is 1638 miles. The distance to the Montana state capital is 268 miles. (as the crow flies)
Colstrip is positioned 45.89 degrees north of the equator and 106.63 degrees west of the prime meridian.

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Colstrip location: in southeastern Montana

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The geography for Colstrip is rolling ponderosa pine hills with sandrocks.

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Colstrip history:

Colstrip has been in existence since 1923, but just incorporated in 1999. It was always a "company town". Major industry is coal mining and 4 steam generating power plants.

Founded in 1923 by Northern Pacific Railroad to supply coal for steam locomotives. The Foley Brothers Co. ran the coal mine for 30+ years. The mine shut down in the late 1950's and the town had approximately 100 residents throughout the 1960s. In 1968 the mine was reopened by Western Energy Company, a subsidiary of Montana Power Company.

In the 1970s and 80s, 4 steam generating plants were built. At one point during construction 8,000 people lived in Colstrip. Today, the population is stable at approximately 3,000. The town now boasts more churches than bars and is a good place to live and raise a family.
The founding of Colstrip: 1923
The incorporation date of Colstrip: 1999

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Colstrip attractions:

Schoolhouse History and Art Center
400 Woodrose
Phone: 406-748-4822
Historic Colstrip photographs on permanent display as well as rotating art and history exhibits. Housed in Colstrip's oldest school building (circa 1924).
Free admission
Hours: Tues.-Fri., 11a.m. to 5p.m.

Ponderosa Butte Golf Course: Challenging 9 hole course.
Call 406-748-2700

Castle Rock Lake Recreation Area: Non-motorized boating allowed and swimming. 3 mile bike path surrounds man-made lake. Picnic area and sand volleyball.

Numerous parks and bike paths throughout the city.

Excellent school system. Great small town living!

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