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The small town of Jordan is the county seat of Garfield County, Montana. Settled in 1896, Jordan’s post office was established in 1899, and named for its founder, Arthur Jordan, who had hunted the area before deciding to move his family there to settle along the banks of the Big Dry Creek, where he established a store to trade with the cattle and sheep men. Before long, a town was formed around the store and post office, including saloons, rooming houses, livery stables, a blacksmith shop, and other stores. When Garfield County was separated from Dawson County in 1919, Jordan was named the county seat, although the town was not officially incorporated until 1951. A Christian patriot movement known as the Montana Freemen was formed in Jordan, and received national attention when it engaged in an eight-one-day standoff with federal officials before surrendering. Jordan is located on Montana Highway 200, at the point where it intersects with 245 and 59. Sand Springs is southwest of Jordan, Cohagen and Hillside are southwest, and Brockway is east of the town. The Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge and Fort Peck Lake are north of Jordan.



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