The Montana Hi-Line is a region in the northern part of Montana, which follows U.S. Highway 2 (US-2). The term “Hi-Line” refers to the high latitude of the region as it stretches east to west, approximately parallel to the Canadian border. The Hi-Line region extends from the Rocky Mountain Front in the west to Bainville in the east.
The Montana Hi-Line is so named because it runs along the Great Northern Railway, a high-latitude railway line built in the late 1800s and early 1900s. The Great Northern Railway connected the cities of St. Paul, Minnesota, and Seattle, Washington, and was instrumental in developing and settling the northern U.S. states.
The Montana Hi-Line region is characterized by its small towns, agricultural lands, and vast open spaces. It’s known for its strong sense of community, rich history, and unique cultural attractions. The area is predominantly rural, with agriculture being a primary economic driver. Visitors to the Hi-Line can expect to find beautiful landscapes, historical sites, and opportunities for outdoor recreation, such as fishing, hunting, and wildlife viewing.