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Hi-Line Living: Bullhook Bottoms to Havre: Celebrating Havre's incorporation year


March 23, 2018

Ryan Welch/Havre Daily News

Before there was Havre, there was an area south of the Milk River called Bullhook Bottoms, which got its name from the butte southeast of present-day Havre that regional Native Americans called Bullhook, from the legend of a bull bison gouging out the middle of the butte.

The lowland, where the creek that starts at the butte flows into the Milk River, was known as Bullhook Bottoms.

Great Northern Railway head James J. Hill, the "Empire Builder," wanted the name of the area changed after he made it a major stop for his east-west line. So a meeting to discuss a new name was held. Things go...

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