Belgrade, MT

Belgrade is a town in Gallatin CountyMontana, United States. The population was 7,389 at the 2010 census. It is the largest city in Montana that is not a county seat.

Belgrade and surrounding areas are experiencing significant population growth. The 59714 ZIP Code that includes the town and surrounding commercial and residential developments had an estimated population of 19,370 as of 2015.

The original townsite of Belgrade was established and filed in the Gallatin County Clerk and Recorder’s Office by Thomas B. Quaw, a businessman from the midwest, in July 1881. According to Quaw, the townsite was an unmanned railroad siding 9.7 miles west of Bozeman, and was named Belgrade after the capital of Serbia as an expression of appreciation to the Serbian investors who helped finance a portion of the Northern Pacific Railroad. Quaw and William O. Tracy created the Belgrade Grain and Produce Company and marketed Belgrade as the „Princess of the Prairies. Belgrade is part of the Bozeman, MT Micropolitan Statistical Area.

The post office was established in 1887 with Quaw as postmaster. Belgrade was incorporated in 1906.

Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport is located adjacent to the city boundaries.

The Belgrade Special Events Center is a 4,800-seat indoor facility constructed by the Belgrade School District in 1996. The building is home to the Belgrade High School Panthers basketball, volleyball, and wrestling teams as well as numerous other school and community events. As one of the largest high school athletic facilities in the state, the Special Events Center hosts numerous district, divisional, and state athletic events. These sporting events bring thousands of people to Belgrade from all over the State of Montana who not only attend the games, but shop in area stores, stay in local motels, and eat in local restaurants. In March 2010 the facility hosted the State B Girls Basketball Tournament.

The Belgrade Fall Festival is an annual tradition (54 years) that takes place on Homecoming Weekend, typically the third weekend in September. The day’s activities include a parade, community open-pit beef barbecue, car show, arts and crafts fair at Lewis and Clark Park, and the Belgrade High School Panthers varsity football game.