St. Marie, Montana

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St. Marie, Montana
Location of St. Marie, Montana
Location of St. Marie, Montana
Coordinates: 48°24′11″N 106°31′58″W / 48.40306°N 106.53278°W / 48.40306; -106.53278Coordinates: 48°24′11″N 106°31′58″W / 48.40306°N 106.53278°W / 48.40306; -106.53278
CountryUnited States
 • Total22.9 sq mi (59.3 km2)
 • Land22.9 sq mi (59.2 km2)
 • Water0.0 sq mi (0.1 km2)
2,753 ft (839 m)
 • Total264
 • Density11.5/sq mi (4.5/km2)
Time zoneUTC-7 (Mountain (MST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-6 (MDT)
Area code(s)406
FIPS code30-65400
GNIS feature ID1677347

St. Marie is a census-designated place (CDP) in Valley County, Montana, United States. The population was 264 at the 2010 census.[1] It is located at the site of the former Glasgow Air Force Base.

When the Air Force base was decommissioned, the on-base housing was purchased and offered for sale to private individuals. While many of the bids for the houses were from salvage companies, the community ultimately escaped demolition. Homes which had housed thousands of military personnel when the base was in operation were briefly promoted as condominiums for retirees.[2]

Despite local efforts, most of the re-purposed housing units sit empty and abandoned.[3] A few hundred residents remain in what is otherwise a partial ghost town. The runway remains in use as Glasgow Industrial Airport (FAA LID: 07MT), a test site for Boeing aircraft. The nearby city of Glasgow, Montana has dropped in population by half (from 6400 in the 1960s to 3250 in 2010) after the base closure.

Beginning in 2012 the community became embroiled in a series of legal and political conflicts with an anti-government group called the "Citizens Action Committee of Valley County," part of the larger Sovereign Citizen movement, with a similar philosophy to that of the Montana Freemen. The group intended to take ownership of the community though buying and seizing up a large amount of mostly vacant properties though bogus liens and litigation, while ostensibly planning a handful of investment schemes to redevelop them. The situation led to a number of St. Marie property owners being sued and a community backlash against the group followed. [4]

The post office and town hall are still in operation along with a small handful of local businesses, but the school and a majority of businesses have closed. St. Marie has gained some interest from ghost town enthusiasts and back road explorers in recent years for its uniquely Atomic Age appeal, being much more intact and modern than most vacated locales and containing a fair number of larger buildings.


St. Marie is located at 48°24′18″N 106°30′08″W / 48.404945°N 106.502086°W / 48.404945; -106.502086 (48.404945, -106.502086).[1]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 22.9 square miles (59 km2), of which, 22.8 square miles (59 km2) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) of it (0.44%) is water.


As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 183 people, 92 households, and 59 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 8.0 people per square mile (3.1/km²). There were 1,035 housing units at an average density of 45.3 per square mile (17.5/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 93.44% White, 2.19% African American, 2.73% Native American, 0.55% Asian, and 1.09% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.55% of the population.

There were 92 households out of which 14.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.6% were married couples living together, 6.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.8% were non-families. 32.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.99 and the average family size was 2.45.

In the CDP, the population was spread out with 14.8% under the age of 18, 2.7% from 18 to 24, 12.0% from 25 to 44, 35.5% from 45 to 64, and 35.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 60 years. For every 100 females, there were 103.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.5 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $33,750, and the median income for a family was $34,792. Males had a median income of $18,750 versus $17,188 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $16,314. None of the families and 2.3% of the population were living below the poverty line.

At its peak, St. Marie was home to over 7,000 permanent residents and intended to house nearly 10,000.


  1. ^ a b c "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
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  5. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.