Our History

1865
- Hamilton was the first town in the area.
- Established as a rural community center.
1868
- Hamilton established a Post Office
1874
- Hamilton was described as a typical western town, one store, a blacksmith shop, and a school house.
1883
- Northern Pacific RR 1 mile north if Hamilton
- The settlement that followed the RR was named Moreland after the man who endorsed the Moreland Irrigation Canal.
- John Potter's General store moved from the old town of Hamilton to Moreland in the winter of 1883-84
- They moved the structure with teams of bulls.
1890
- Renamed Manhattan
- Population 150.
- First Public School.
1892
- Manhattan Malting Co. until prohibition act of 1916
- Capacity of 475,000 bushels
- Largest facility from St. Paul to Seattle
1904
- Blacksmith shops booming.
- Strong ranching & agricultural economy attracted blacksmith from surrounding areas.
1911
- Town of Manhattan was incorporated.
1912
- Work commenced on the installation of a town water system.
- Manhattan officials enjoying their first term in office.
1925
- June 27, 1925 Manhattan was hit with a series of earthquakes causing damage to over half of the Town's structures.