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small towns BIG BENEFITS

good health care, good schools, good local businesses

Medical Team
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Logan Health Chester provides a variety of health care services to Liberty County and the surrounding area. 

Some of the services offered:

  • Emergency Department 24/7

  • Assisted Living

  • Skilled Swing Beds

  • Clinic Office Visits

  • Physical & Occupational Therapy

  • Radiology

  • Laboratory

  • Long Term Care


315 West Madison

Chester, MT 59522


Phone: 406.759.5181


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CJI Public Schools

Chester Joplin Inverness Schools consists of a high school and elementary school serving grades K – 12 with a total enrollment count of approximately 220 students.  

The Chester-Joplin-Inverness Public School complex houses grades K-12.  It has two gymnasiums, two football fields, an outdoor classroom, a baseball diamond, track, tennis courts, and an extensive playgrounds.  

They offer a variety of sports and clubs for  students.  The school's core values of respect, excellence, acceptance, compassion and honor provide students with exceptional and unique opportunities that promote success in their life choices.

Address: 511 Main St.

Chester, MT 59522

Phone: 406.759.5108

Liberty County Chamber of Commerce
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The Liberty County Chamber of Commerce promotes business and tourism in Liberty County and the Hi-line in Montana.

Mailing Address: 

P.O. Box 632, Chester, MT 59522

Physical Address:

27 1st. Street East

Chester MT 59522


Phone: 406.759.4848

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History of Liberty County

In July 1806 Meriwether Lewis and his party were the first recorded white men in the area, Captain Lewis writes of his skirmish with a tribe of Indians (probably Piegans or Blackfeet) along the Marias River.

Following the Lewis and Clark Expedition, fur trappers, hardy adventurers, and a few prospectors came, and in the late 1880s large cattle and sheep ranches were established.

Between 1910 and 1918 two homestead acts brought many settlers’ shacks to the area. On virtually every quarter or half-section people swarmed into the newly opened territory to prove-up on their acres. Many who came went broke, perished in drought or froze in long, cold winters.  Others stuck out the hardships and formed the basis for the modern farming economy prevalent in this area.

Liberty County was created from sections of Chouteau and Hill counties in 1919 when 72% of the voters in the area voted for the proposition. At this same election Chester was chosen as the county seat.  Liberty County became the first county formed after World War One.

Liberty County, in north-central Montana, covers 1458 square miles. Chester the county seat is 90 miles north of Great Falls, 114 miles east of East Glacier, 60 miles west of Havre, and 34 miles from the Canadian border.

Most of the county is characterized by rolling prairies, gullies and coulees of the three major streams, Cottonwood Creek, Eagle Creek and Sage Creek, and the Marias River break up the terrain.  In the north-western part of the county, the Sweetgrass Hills rise to nearly 7,000 feet.

The population of approximately 2,100 gives an average density of 1.4 persons per square mile

Liberty County is.....

... a great place to visit, to enjoy nature, to raise a family, to have fun and to call home.
Hunting, Fishing, Boating, Hiking, Swimming, Good times with family, friends and neighbors! That's what you'll find here.


Thank you to Amanda Moss, Janice Hendrickson and Heidi Richter for contributing photos.
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