Lockwood, Billings, Montana, U.S.A.

Latitude 45°48' N  108°25' W


Map from Multimap.                                            Map from City Data.

Map from Rand McNally

Lockwood is a town located in Yellowstone County, Montana a few miles to the east of Billings. As of the 2000 census, the town had a total population of 4,306.

From John Walsh of the Yellowstone Historic Preservation Board (www.billings.com) "It was the name of the original Northern Pacific Railroad station, located out around the Johnson Lane Interchange.  But earlier than that, the name originated from massive quantities of fallen timber left after some natural disaster.  I can't recall whether it was a flood or a fire.  It certainly couldn't have been the infamous local infestation.  At any rate, it was said it all looked like locked wood". 

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 20.4 km˛ (7.9 mi˛).

The earliest mention of Lockwood found is at the website http://www.rootsweb.com/~mtygf/boothill.htm which has a listing of Boot Hill Cemetery at Coulson, MT. Amongst the entries is Louis Johnson buried in 1882 who died of gunshot fired by A. Z. Bell at Lockwood Station.


I visited Lockwood, Montana in May 2005 and took a number of photographs. Click here to view them. Note that the page may take a few minutes to download.

Ancestries: German (34.4%), Norwegian (12.8%), Irish (11.9%), English (10.9%), United States (6.4%), Swedish (4.4%) (found at  http://www.city-data.com/city/Lockwood-Montana.html )

Lockwood School is located in the Lockwood suburb of Billings, Montana. Approximately 1250 students, kindergarten through eighth grade, attend school on the single campus. The many teachers, support staff, administrators, and school board members provide the best learning environment possible for the students and community. Information on Lockwood Schools can be found at:- http://www.lockwood.k12.mt.us/



On the left is a postcard posted from  Lockwood, Yellowstone County Montana in 1908.  The post office in Lockwood was only open from 1906 to 1910.  The postcard was on sale on eBay in May 2005 and eventually sold for $46.89!





Lockwood Fire District

The Lockwood Fire District serves the Lockwood area - basically anything south of the Yellowstone River. Their fire engines are painted yellow to distinguish them from the Billings fire engines. Click here for pictures of the fire station, its vehicles and patches. The page may take a few minutes to download for those not on broadband connection.

The Lockwood Fire District website is at www.lockwoodfire.com/


Lockwood Fire District                (406) 252-1460 Phone

3329 Driftwood Ln.                     (406) 256-8237 Fax

Billings, MT 59101                     

Lockwood Water and Sewer District

The Lockwood Water & Sewer District website contains the following description:-

"The Lockwood water system originated in 1955 when a few concerned citizens in the area realized the need for a central water system.  The Lockwood Water Users Association was formed, wells drilled and the first main line piping installed to serve the members of the association.


In 1987, the Lockwood Water Treatment Plant was constructed to serve the community with a surface water treatment plant that uses the Yellowstone River as its source of supply.  The nominal capacity of the water treatment plant is 3 million gallons per day.  Treatment consists of coagulation, settling, filtration, and disinfection.


The distribution system has approximately 45 miles of main lines ranging up to 24 inches in diameter and serves more than 6,000 people.  There are 4 storage reservoirs with a capacity of 2.25 million gallons.   A self-service bulk water "salesman" is located at 1644 Old Hardin Road for cistern owners.  The salesman accepts quarters and bills and operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


In May of 2001, the Lockwood Water & Sewer District obtained the assets and liabilities of the Lockwood Water Users Association.

The LockwoodMontana.com website has details of the Lockwood Community project

Other Lockwood places in Montana are:-

Lockwood MT Missoula locale 465420N 1134451W Sunflower Mountain
Lockwood Lake MT Missoula lake 465427N 1134450W Sunflower Mountain
Lockwood Point MT Missoula summit 465459N 1134637W Blue Point
Lockwood Lake MT Ravalli lake 461906N 1142501W Blodgett Mountain