Aviva Directory » Local & Global » North America » United States » States » Montana » Cities & Towns » Sidney

The county seat of Richland County, Montana, Sidney is located less than ten miles from Montana’s border with North Dakota, in northeastern Montana, along the Yellowstone River, near the Dakota badlands. The city of Sidney is halfway between Glendive, Montana and Williston, North Dakota. The area began to be settled in the 1870s, and a post office was established in Sidney in 1888. The town was named for Sidney Walters, a six year-old who was staying with Hiram Otis, the local Justice of the Peace, and Otis decided that Sidney was a good name for a town. Montana became a state in 1889 and Sidney was incorporated in 1911. Originally, Sidney was part of Dawson County, but it became the seat of Richland County when that county was created in 1914. Sidney’s economy has always been largely based on farming, ranching, and oil production. Donald Grant Nutter, the 15th governor of Montana, grew up in Sidney.


Education & Instruction

Faith & Spirituality



Recommended Resources

Search for Sidney on Google, Bing, or Yahoo!