The City of Red Lodge consists of 2.6 square miles of land, nestled against the Beartooth Mountains at an altitude of 5,555 feet. The population is just shy of 2,500 people. The town is served by three schools. Most of the businesses are open year-round.
Red Lodge has a colorful history, going back to the mountain man era. Lewis & Clark passed just north of where Red Lodge would eventually be, and General Phillip Sheridan came right down the valley (where the Beartooth Highway is now) in August of 1872, on his way back from Yellowstone Park. A treaty with the Crow Nation allowed Red Lodge to be settled starting April 11, 1882, and the Red Lodge Post Office was established on Dec 9, 1884, although it was October 15, 1892 before the boundaries were redrawn for the Crow Indian Reservation, opening the area surrounding Red Lodge for settlement.
Originally established as a mining town, Red Lodge has gone through boom and bust (with a population of nearly 5,000 a century ago), and now sports a stable year-round economy, with all of the amenities of life from schools and churches to restaurants and bars to hardware stores and car dealers. A quick glance at the Local Rag's calendar will show that there's always something going on around Red Lodge.
The town has been home to such colorful characters as "Liver-Eating" Johnston (our first marshal). Martha Jane Cannary-Burke (a.k.a. Calamity Jane) stayed at the Pollard Hotel. George Curry (a.k.a. Kid Curry) and Harry Longabaugh (a.k.a. the Sundance Kid) planned a bank robbery in Red Lodge in 1897, but were captured—only to be busted out of jail by the rest of Butch Cassidy's "Wild Bunch" gang.
Red Lodge is a paradise for people who love outdoor activities. The Chamber of Commerce can help guide you to fishing, hiking, camping, rafting, horseback riding, skiing, snowboarding, offroading, mountain biking, kayaking, and a whole lot more!
The official City of Red Lodge Web site is www.cityofredlodge.com.
City Council meetings are held the second and fourth Tuesday of each month. Minutes and agendas are posted here in PDF format. We will do our best to post agendas the day before the meeting. We cannot post minutes until they are approved at the following meeting, so they will always be one meeting behind..
|August 25, 2009||Minutes||Agenda|
|August 11, 2009||Minutes|
|July 28, 2009||Minutes|
|July 14, 2009||Minutes|
|June 23, 2009||Minutes|
|June 9, 2009||Minutes|
|May 26, 2009||Minutes|
|May 12, 2009||Minutes|
|April 28, 2009||Minutes|
|April 14, 2009||Minutes||Agenda|
|March 24, 2009||Minutes||Agenda|
|March 10, 2009||Minutes||Agenda|
|February 24, 2009||Minutes||Agenda|
|February 10, 2009||Minutes|
|January 27, 2009||Minutes|
Obviously, most of the articles in the Local Rag are about Red Lodge and the surrounding areas. This list only comprises articles related to City government.