Sidney, located along the eastern Montana border, is a small town with big history. Sidney boasts a population of 5,191 and is the county seat of Richland County. Fur trading began roughly 20 miles away on the Missouri River in the 1830's. In the late 1970’s began a boom of oil activity throughout the area. Although the oil boom has past, production continues all around Sidney today. Sidney has a lot to offer, including outdoor activities, downtown shops and local restaurants. The Yellowstone River is close by, providing many additional opportunities to those who reside or visit Sidney. Let's dive in a little deeper, and see what makes this town so special!
A trip to Sidney would not be complete without a stop at the MonDak Heritage Center. This museum of arts and culture is operated by the MonDak Historical & Art Society. In 1972, the society and opened a temporary museum, the J.K. Ralston Museum and Art Center. This temporary museum was named after James Kenneth "J.K." Ralston, a famous artist and native of Richland County. The J.K. Ralston Museum and Art Center moved to the MonDak Heritage Center in 1984. The center offers art and youth classes, outreach programs, and even scholarships! Stop inside to witness some inspirational art and culture!
A trip to the Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site is a must-see for all! Located 20 miles northeast of Sidney, the trading post was the center of the Northern Rocky Mountain Fur Trade in the early 1930's. The fur trade began to diminish as textiles entered the scene shortly after. However, at its peak, the post sent more than 25,000 beaver skins, 30,000 deer skins, and 55,000 buffalo hides to St. Louis for the annual harvest. Fort Union is the largest trade post on the Missouri River and also served as a rendezvous point for the Great Northern Railroad survey crews! A trip to the Fort Union Trading Post is well worth the drive.
This night of live music and good food is something to look forward to in Sidney! Hosted and sponsored by the MonDak Heritage Center(MDHC), HarvestFest brings together people from around the area for a one-night-only concert. While listening to live music, festival goers can enjoy a selection of seasonal beers, German brats and other refreshments. This year, the event is on November 8th and starts at 7:00 p.m. The tickets are $50 a person or $40 for MDHC members, and proceeds go to support the MDHC and Northeastern Arts Network programs, exhibits and collections preservation. We hope you can make it to this awesome festival!
Started in September 1920, the Richland County Fair & Rodeo entertains 30,000 plus people year after year! This event is very popular in the Richland County and surrounding areas and is held at the beginning of August every year. At the fair, you'll find fun exhibits, fair animals, rodeos, a carnival, and even a concert; Randy Houser and Sara Evans were there last August! There are even day shows with hypnotists, magicians and comedians. This is definitely a fair worth attending; don't miss it next August!
After exploring the MonDak Heritage Center, take a walk to the Meadowlark Brewing Company, just a couple blocks away. This brewery makes the beer locally and sells it in Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota. They even offer tours of the brewery so you can get an in depth look into how their beer is made! Their menu options are great too. Check out the BBQ brisket quesadilla, BBQ platter, blueberry glazed salmon, pretzel bun burger, pesto chicken sandwich, caprese steak salad, and more! For dessert, try the turtle lava cake or chocolate banana crunch cake. They have rotating weekly specials, so you’re sure to find something you’ll love!
After a day of tubing on the Yellowstone River or shopping in downtown Sidney, stop by the Rodiron Grill for a bite to eat! They offer lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch. Their menu includes appetizers such as caprese, street tacos, brisket nachos and crab dip. For your entrée, choose from: salads, pizzas, burgers, steaks and so much more! The Rodiron Grill also has a casino and is one of the largest in Montana! They also offer 16 draft beers at the bar, so there’s sure to be something for everyone in your group. Come for a meal and see why this restaurant is so popular and highly recommended!
Sidney is a little bit of everything...agriculture, business, culture, down home good people, and beautiful sunrises over the river!
As a small town, Sidney is a city with a great hospital, schools and more. It's small enough where folks get to know each other and care about the town's future.
I enjoy the small town atmosphere and the friendliness of our residents. We are an active community always working to improve our area and grow with the ever changing times.