Welcome To Lima

"A History of the First Rail Road Town in Montana" 


We're Promoting a Book 

Red Rock Valley History Keepers

The Ford Building  -  housed several businesses in the early days and would later be know as the Masonic Hall

Contents to include but not limited to:

 * Origins of Lima and valley settlements

 * Historical mysteries solved

  * Family Histories

  * Historically accurate photographs

  * Newspaper Articles

  * Short stories 

  * Homesteaders


The Depot - Downtown Lima

On March 8, 1880, the first steam locomotive of the New Utah & Northern rail road

crossed the Continental Divide into Montana Territory at a location that would later

come to be known as Monida.  Fifteen miles North and West, in a beautiful mountain

valley nestled below seven towering peaks, a large fresh water spring flowed from

the hillside.  Rail Road engineers and surveyors had identified this spring as a very

good source for water for the steam engines and a natural stopping place for trains

headed North to the thriving mining town of Butte; soon to become known as the

"Richest Hill on Earth".  This stopping point and water source was soon to become

known as "Allderdice", then as "Spring Hill" and ultimately it would be named "Lima" after an early settler who was from Lima, Michigan.  Thus are the beginnings of Montana's first rail road town destined to become a thriving little community that would serve as a hub for rail road maintenance  crews, a locomotive round house and repair shop, an economic base for livestock and mining operations and a jumping off point for thousands of souls who would come to carve out a living in the vast new Montana Territory.   

Lima has a story and it's about to be told . . . . .   Red Rock Valley History Keepers

is very pleased to announce the very first publishing of a new Book entitled:

"Welcome to   Lima"

A comprehensive history of the town; its stories, its heritage and most importantly, its people . . . . . .

             Researched and compiled by local historians Damaris Hoadley and Richard Gosman;  Edited by Jack Hutchison.

The Peat Hotel  - a local landmark

Did you know?

April 12, 1895 - OK Paul and Co horse was standing behind the store last Saturday and in some unknown way, became frightened and started out to see how fast he could run.  The delivery wagon was badly demoralized and a severe wound inflicted upon the horse.  Bert now has the pleasure of delivering orders with a wheelbarrow, and you should see him showing what fast time he can make.

March 2, 1890 - A freight train with fifteen cars was completely buried at China Point.   Parties could walk over it and thought no train was there!

April 11, 1915 - The road between Lima and Spencer, Idaho is now passable . . . which is very unusual for this time of year.  Ordinarily, the road is closed in late fall and all automobiles are loaded onto flat cars on the railroad and taken to Lima, where they are unloaded and the travelers are on their way again.

Dr.  LC Ford

Lucy Ford


This wonderful history book will make excellent Christmas gifts!!

       Place your orders now to ensure delivery in time . . . . .