Havre is the County Seat of Hill County and Montana’s eighth largest city, with a population of 9,310. Havre is located approximately 45 miles south of the Canadian border, in the center of Montana’s “Hi-line”.
Havre was incorporated in north central Montana in 1893. It was founded primarily to serve as a major railroad service center for the Great Northern Railway (built by James J. Hill) with its location midway between Seattle and Minneapolis-St. Paul. A statue of Hill stands near the Havre Amtrak station to commemorate the key contributions his railroad has made to Havre’s and Montana’s history.
Originally named “Bullhook Bottoms”, the town held a series of meetings to determine a new name. The original settlers were given the final decision, and due to a strong French influence, the town was renamed “Havre”.