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South of the Border - Whitlash: name likely a result of poor handwriting...


May 27, 2020

This repurposed double wide has housed the Whitlash Post Office since 2016. The structure came from the border crossing north of Whitlash when improvements were made there. It sits across the road from the old Rancher's Cash Store that housed the post office for nearly 60 years. Whitlash got its unusual name when the post office was created and named in 1892.

Columnist's note: We've lived in Whitlash since December, 2018. It's not uncommon when we tell someone we live in Whitlash for them to respond, " Whitefish, that's beautiful country. Do you like the mountains?" Then we explain Whitlash is in the Sweet Grass Hills, not the Rockies. Though never an official town or city, Whitlash has adapted and survived for more than a century.

"Names on the Face of Montana," a comprehensive compilation of place names in Montana gives scant information about Whitlash. The community is said to be the only town in the United States (and likely the world as we...

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