Twin Bridges (Mont.) Post Office records, 1891-1907

Overview of the Collection

Twin Bridges Post Office (Twin Bridges, Mont.)
Twin Bridges (Mont.) Post Office records
1891-1907 (inclusive)
3 volumes
Collection Number
The Twin Bridges Post Office records consist of three volumes: one cash book and two registers of money orders issued.
Montana State University Library, Merrill G. Burlingame Special Collections
Montana State University-Bozeman Library
Merrill G Burlingame Special Collections
P.O. Box 173320
Bozeman, MT
Telephone: 4069944242
Fax: 4069942851
Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities

Historical NoteReturn to Top

The town of Twin Bridges, Montana was established in Madison County around 1865 by the Lott family. The settlement was first known as "The Bridges," named for the bridges built across the Beaverhead and Big Hole rivers. The Lotts constructed and improved roads, in addition to donating land for settlement and public buildings. The town got its first post office in 1869. In 1884 the mail service was reorganized and Twin Bridges became a distribution point, served by three daily stagecoaches from Virginia City, Dillion and Whitehall. By 1889 stagecoach service was discontinued with the construction of the Northern Pacific Railroad. In 1887 Gilbert B. Wheat was appointed postmaster, followed by Gardiner A. Pease in 1896 and Lynn Comfort in 1901.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Twin Bridges Post Office records consist of three volumes: one cash book with entries from July 8, 1891 to June 30, 1894; one register of money orders issued, July 14, 1891 to August 27, 1896; one register of money orders issued, September 1891 to November 30, 1907.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Acquisition Information

Record books maintained by the United States Post Office at Twin Bridges, Montana were transferred to Special Collections from the University of Montana Archives and Special Collections on June 5, 2009.

Processing Note

This collection was processed 2009 June 24

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Description Dates
Postmasters cash book 1891 July 8 - 1894 June 30
Postmasters register of money orders issued 1891 July 14 - 1891 August 27
Postmasters register of money orders issued 1891 September - 1907 November 30

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Postal service
  • Postal service--Montana--Twin Bridges (Mont.)

Geographical Names

  • Montana