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Situated on the Flathead Indian Reservation, the city of Ronan is in Lake County, Montana. The community began as a small trading post in 1883, known as Spring Creek, for the creek that flowed through town. In 1885, the government built a flour mill and saw mill there, and the name of the town was changed to Ronan Springs, for Peter Ronan, who served as an Indian agent there from 1873 to 1892. The Great Northern Railway extended its lines to the community, increasing its population, and a post office was established in 1894, and the name of the town was shortened to Ronan. A.M. Sterling took over the trading post in 1905, established the A.M. Sterling Company, and built the Sterling Hotel, becoming the first major businessman in Ronan. In 1912, half of the town was destroyed by fire, including the flour mill. Only four buildings remained standing west of Spring Creek, although the flour mill was the only building damaged on the east side of the creek. Ronan became a city in 1912. Ronan is located along Highway 93, south of Pablo and north of Kicking Horse and Allentown.



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