Welcome to the City of Baker, Montana
Baker doesn't share the "Wild West" history of many Montana towns even though the western heritage lives on and is celebrated here.
Its beginning was in the early 1900's with the coming of the Milwaukee Railroad. Baker's original name was Lorraine, after the daughter of a railroad official. It was renamed Baker in 1908, in honor of A.G. Baker, Milwaukee Railroad's construction engineer for eastern Montana.
The town started as a campground because surface springs and grass were abundant. In 1908, businesses were first established, and the first post office opened under the supervision of Robert Pearce. That year railroad crews built a dam to trap the water from the springs for the steam engines and Lake Baker, now called Baker Lake, was formed.
The town attracted more businesses and by 1913 there were about 1,000 residents in the town. Agriculture was the economy's mainstay. The population grew as homesteaders settled where large ranches failed.
A quiet market town for farmers and ranchers, Baker's fortunes changed in 1915 when natural gas was discovered while a water well was being drilled.
With the coming of oil production, the town grew. The town boomed during the late 60s and 70s. At one time the population grew to around 2,500 people with over 4,000 in the county.
Mayor: JoDee Pratt
City Council: Steve Fradenburgh, Leigh Ann LaCroix, Steve Zachmann & Pat Ehret
City Clerk/Treasurer: Kevin Dukart
Chief of Police: Mike Reddick (406) 778-2151
Director of Public Works: Luke Holestine (406) 778-2713
Park Director: Robbie Christiaens (406) 778-2119
Recreation Director: Angie Rabbitt (406) 778-3152
Fire Chief: Tom Bruha
Baker at a Glance
Annual Average Rainfall: 13.9 in.
Annual Average Snowfall: 20 in.
Annual Average Temperature: 44 degrees F
Monthly Average Temperature:
January: 14 degrees F
June: 73 degrees F
Prevailing Winds: Northwest