"Columbus, our homebase" Columbus by melissa_bel

Columbus Travel Guide: 1 reviews and 3 photos

When my husband's contract was over in Chicago, he really wanted to have a homebase where we could always come back to for vacation or in-between job assignement. One of the States that caught his eye was the beautiful State of Montana. After a few days of research over the Internet, he found a piece of land in the Beartooth subdivision, visited it and ultimately bought it. We are busy building our home right now and live in our spacious 5th-wheel until completion.But what about Colombus?
It's a small town of 2.000 inhabitants, seat of Stillwater County, just off Interstate 90 and one hour away from Billings. It's the "city by the road". It's also he city by the rivers as it is located at the confluence of the Yellowstone and Stillwater rivers.
Just off the Union Pacific Railroad, Columbus grew when its quarry was used to supply stones for the building of the Capitol in Helena. The quarry may have closed but mining is still a big thing. The Stillwater mine is one of the largest employer in the area and has its seat in Columbus. Montana's not the Treasure State for nothing since Platinum and palladium are extracted by the local mine.
Agriculture, especially ranching is still a big thing. Montana is an open range State and our subdivision, that used to be a huge ranch, allow cows to graze during spring and summer.

But what about Colombus?
It's a small town of 2.000 inhabitants, seat of Stillwater County, just off Interstate 90 and one hour away from Billings. It's the "city by the road". It's also he city by the rivers as it is located at the confluence of the Yellowstone and Stillwater rivers.
Just off the Union Pacific Railroad, Columbus grew when its quarry was used to supply stones for the building of the Capitol in Helena. The quarry may have closed but mining is still a big thing. The Stillwater mine is one of the largest employer in the area and has its seat in Columbus. Montana's not the Treasure State for nothing since Platinum and palladium are extracted by the local mine.
Agriculture, especially ranching is still a big thing. Montana is an open range State and our subdivision, that used to be a huge ranch, allow cows to graze during spring and summer.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Not far from Billings but also not far from the mountains.
  • Cons:Too quiet
  • Last visit to Columbus: May 2004
  • Intro Updated Jan 11, 2005
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  • XenoHumph's Profile Photo
    Mar 24, 2005 at 12:17 PM

    What a beautiful place to own land at!! I bet it gets real cold in winter though... Brussels would seem warm in comparison!!

  • CandS's Profile Photo
    Jan 20, 2005 at 12:24 PM

    Nice start!!! I'm sure you'll get many more beautiful photos to add in here later... :)

  • Jan 10, 2005 at 11:21 PM

    Thank you for visiting our pages, Melissa. I'm glad to know another great Dec person (Nathalie is Dec 20, and we met EllenH who is Dec 21). Beautiful pic of the sunset. Is that a person in the pic?

  • Karolina01's Profile Photo
    Dec 21, 2004 at 6:41 AM

    May you have a wonderful time during the holidays. A friend from Saskatoon.

  • jamiesno's Profile Photo
    Dec 19, 2004 at 3:32 PM

    You should add more on your hometown :-)

  • EllenH's Profile Photo
    Oct 21, 2004 at 7:56 AM

    Hi Melissa we joined vt one day apart, our birthdays are one day apart, and we both live in Montana. Piacere. Ellen

  • Yubert's Profile Photo
    Oct 19, 2004 at 5:34 PM

    Looking forward to seeing more pics and tips of Columbus and Montana.

  • AliasGirl's Profile Photo
    Sep 27, 2004 at 9:50 PM

    Wow! What a gorgeous sunset..lucky you to see that every night right from your homebase!

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