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Named for A.G. Baker, an engineer with the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad, the city of Baker is the seat of government for Fallon County, in eastern Montana. The town was formed along the transcontinental rail line of the Milwaukee Road, near the point where the railroad created a lake to supply water for its steam locomotives, now known as Lake Baker. Originally, it was named Lorraine. Developers associated with the railroad formed the Milwaukee Land Company, which conducted a successful campaign to attract homesteaders to Baker, and the 1912 discovery of oil and natural gas deposits brought others to the city, located on the edge of the oil fields, which are still in operation. Baker is east of Plevna, north of Willard, and west of Marmarth, North Dakota.

 

 

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