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Saturday, June 02, 2012

3019.7 mi - "10.39 mi to Sheridan, MT", Madison County
"Section: 4 Map Name: Ruby River, 43"

102 Miles for the month of May

Area Information

"The Heart of the Ruby Valley"

Sheridan is a town in Madison County, Montana. Seven majestic mountain ranges surround our beautiful community, and the geology of the area includes rocks dating back over 2.7 billion years. The Ruby River winds through the valley just west of the town. We are served by State Highway 287.

In 1863, six men were on their way to Yellowstone Country from Bannack when they were waylaid by a band of Crow Indians. It was when they were hiding from the Indians in a gulch that they found gold. They named the gulch after the alder trees lining the small ravine.

Alder was one of the great gold producers of all time, producing approximately $10 million during the first year. A year later, the boom town of Virginia City had a population of 10,000. People lived in makeshift tents and shacks and every third construction was a saloon. The site gave birth to two of Montana's most famous towns: Virginia City and Nevada City. The discoveries at Alder Gulch drew people away from Bannack, reducing its population and making Virginia City the territorial capital from 1865 to 1875. Nearby Sheridan came into being when it opened its first post office on May 22, 1866.

Sheridan gets roughly 13 inches of rain per year and 23 inches of snowfall. The number of days with any measurable precipitation is approximately 64. On average, there are 205 sunny days per year in our community. The July high is around 84 degrees and the January low is -2.

Sheridan is home to full public school facilities providing pre-school through 12th-grade educational opportunities.

Our community boasts a full-service hospital, nursing home, library, parks, airport and a public swimming pool. We have formed a Main Street Improvement Teamproviding Wireless Internet access for free in town.

Sheridan offers many of the same recreational amenities of any town including sports, leagues, clubs, parks and more. The surrounding region makes our area especially attractive to outdoor enthusiasts.

Residents and visitors alike can utilize the over 16 lodges and lodging facilities, as well as the many hunting and guide services. Fishing and floating opportunities abound in the area rivers. We have plenty of Blue Ribbon Streams including the Beaverhead, Big Hole and Jefferson. Nearby national forest areas include Beaverhead, Deerlodge and Gallatin, offering outstanding recreational opportunities year-round. Cycle Camp in Twin Bridges provides the perfect lay over for a cycling tour. Virginia City, just a scant 20 miles down the road, provides for a summer of historic and fun activity.

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