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"Transcribed from the Choteau Acantha Newspaper dated March 25, 1909 and April 1, 1909 by Nancy Thornton, All rights reserved."

Copyright 2001-present by Nancy Thornton. This file may be freely copied for non-profit purposes. All other rights reserved.
Smoke plume from burning stubble fields, a spring time tradition in Teton County.

Choteau City Hall
P. O. Box 619
Choteau, MT 59422
Telephone: 406-466-2510
Records available: Choteau Cemetery only; Burial information from 1882; SASE.

This is how A.B. Guthrie described the town of Choteau in the March 25, 1909 issue of the Choteau Acantha.

Choteau (pronounced Show-toe) has a population of about 500. It is the county seat of Teton County. It has electric light and telephone systems. It has one private bank, and the new Citizens State Bank will open April 1.

It is the seat of the Teton County Free High School, with a faculty of three instructors, and thorough course of study, and housed in its own building. It has a thoroughly good and up-to-date system of public schools, and one of the best stone school buildings in the state.

It has four churches actively at work with organizations, two church buildings and another in prospect.

It has many pretty homes with modern improvements. Its growth is steady and healthful keeping pace with that of the surrounding country. It has the following lodges: Masonic, Odd Fellows, knights of Pythias, Woodmen of the World, Rebekahs, Eastern Star, and Women of Woodcraft.

It has two up-to-date, roomy hotels, and two restaurants. It has two large public halls. It has five mercantile establishments, two millinery stores, a garage, a repair shop, three blacksmith shops, two barbers, three livery barns, a flour mill, a harness shop, a meat market, a drug store, and a newspaper.

It has three handsome public buildings in the County Court house, Public school and high school.

It has, if the worst comes to the worst, an undertaker. It has a tributary territory of untold richness of resources.
It has good prospects for a railroad. It is Montana’s best inland town.

Guthrie continued his account in the April 1, 1909 issue of the Choteau Acantha.

Choteau has as beautiful and suitable a site as any town could ask. It has an abundant supply of fine water for domestic purposes. It has streets, yards, and gardens that are remarkable for their shade trees. It has the Teton river on one side and Spring creek in the other, affording abundant drainage.

It has three auxiliary church societies, social and charitable in nature, all active. It has other similar organizations, including a club for young men and one for young women.

It has four lawyers. It has a well equipped steam laundry. It has a hearty welcome in store for all who will come and cast in their lot with its people. It has unexcelled qualifications as a place for homes.

Teton County Courthouse
Teton County Courthouse built in 1906, Renovated 2001.
City of Choteau from Airport Hill
Map of Choteau, MT
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