Belt Valley Times, , Image 1

About Belt Valley Times (Belt, Mont.) 1894-1977

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June 21, 1894-Oct. 7, 1977
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Descendents of Belt Pioneers and Belt Public Library

More about this newspaper

The Belt Valley Times started in Armington on June 21, 1894, supporting silver, the Republican party, and Anaconda for Montana’s capital. The November 22, 1894 issue saw the paper move to Belt, where it remained for the rest of its run. While founded as a coal mining town supplying the Anaconda Mining Company, agriculture was also a major part of Belt’s economy even early in its development. These contrasting industries are well represented in the newspaper, especially in the 1920s as the early mines were running out and the hope of new mines was high. In 1922, a major scandal involving the president of the State Bank of Belt broke, with indictments and court cases lasting years. The closing of this bank, a key community institution founded in 1895, was a significant blow to the community. Through good times and bad, the Belt Valley Times focused on the community providing news about and for the people of Belt and the surrounding area.

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