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About Winnett, Montana

Winnett is a town in and the county seat of Petroleum County, Montana, United States. The population was 182 at the 2010 census. Winnett was named for Walter John Winnett, who was born in the Queen's Hotel?in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Winnett ran away from home as a boy, seeking adventure in "Indian country." His excellent marksmanship abilities helped him get jobs with outfits who were always looking for someone who could keep them in fresh meat. When he was captured by Sioux Indians and later adopted into the tribe, he was given the name Eagle Eyes because of his remarkable shooting skills. Winnett established a ranch in Montana Territory in 1879 near an active trading post and the Hangman's Tree used by vigilantes in the area. The massive ranch house, which he built in 1900 housed his own family and served as a gathering place for the community. Dances, weddings, funerals, church services, and school were all held here. Billings was the closest town, so Winnett built up a freight line business to haul supplies. Each of his outfits consisted of ten to twenty horses and huge wagons. In 1910 he built a store and petitioned for a post office?and with that, Winnett became an official town. (from Cheney's Names on the Face of Montana, Mountain Press Publishing Company)

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  • Population Total: 182
  • Square Miles: 1.0
  • Area Code: 406
  • Elevation: 2953
  • Postal Codes: 59084, 59087
  • Timezone: Mountain