Ledger Montana

Elevation: 3,398 County: Pondera

This tiny settlement has had at least 5 names in its short lifetime. The townsite of Esper was originally laid out in 1914 and named for N. Esper Norman. The post office opened in 1916 under the name Esper, changed its name in 1917 to Ledgerwood in honor of Dan Ledgerwood. Since North Dakota already had a Ledgerwood, some residents shortened the name to Ledger. In 1922, 3 different names represented the town: Ledger (the townsite), Storrenber (the post office, named for the postmaster), and Price (the railroad station, named for a local merchant). Finally, in 1926, postmaster Frank Stuart led a petition to declare one name for all sites, and the residents chose Ledger. (Copyright 2009, Montana Historical Society: Montana Place Names from Alzada to Zortman, Montana Historical Society Research Center Staff)

The neighboring communities have museums documenting the local homesteading history. In Shelby the Marias Museum of History and Art has exhibits depicting early settlers as well as a special exhibit of the Dempsey-Gibbons heavyweight fight. In Cut Bank the Glacier County Historical Museum offers educational, interactive and interesting exhibits on homesteading.

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