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Hardin is the seat of government for Big Horn County, Montana. The city is situated on the edge of the Crow Indian Reservation in south-central Montana. The Little Bighorn Battlefield, where the Northern Plains Indians defeated Custer and the U.S. Army, is just south of Hardin. The area that was to become Hardin was settled sparsely in the 1880s and 1890s by cattle and sheep ranchers. In 1904, the tribal lands adjacent to the Yellowstone River and lower Bighorn Valley were ceded to the federal government, opening the area officially to settlement by non-indigenous peoples. In 1906, Hardin was founded, and named for Samuel Hardin, a friend of Charles Henry Morrill, the town’s founder. Hardin was incorporated as a city in 1911 and in 1913, when Big Horn County was organized, Hardin was named the county seat. Hardin is located at the intersection of I-90 and State Highway 47, west of Billings.



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