huntley project opening ceremony

Opening Ceremony of Huntley Project Irrigation District

Welcome to History of Lockwood!

We thank you for visiting this section of the website.  We intend to promote the rich heritage, culture, and stories that have been recorded with intentions to educate the masses about the  Lockwood area.  Do you know how Lockwood got it’s name?  Stay tuned as that info is released.  We hope that all those who have documented stories of the Lockwood area will include their information. We would like to thank all those who are a part of this project.



Bridge crossing Yellowstone River in Huntley, MT

Bridge crossing Yellowstone River in Huntley, MT

Do you remember the old bridge that spanned the Yellowstone River that was made of steal?  Or how about some of the towns like Nibbe and Osborn that don’t seem to be heard of anymore?  Do you know where the early schools were built and if they still stand there?  What about the stores and banks?  And was there a jail?   These are but some questions that will be answered as time goes on.  That is where we will start with the infrastructure that has made the project such a great place to live.  Visit the next section of history and see if you remember what you or the earlier settlers had to face in order to live.

Visit nearby pictures of the Huntley Project Gallery here if you have a lttle extra time.


Lockwood bordered Crow “Mitsiadazi” Reservation, in the 1800s. Cows replacing the buffalo brought an end to the plains Indians way of life. Lockwood was named after Captain Lockwood, reputed as a famous Indian fighter and surveyor for the government, camped in the foothills in the late 1800s. In 1907, settlers opened a public road through Lockwood flats of heavy loam to the 2nd crossing of dry creek, to the Dry Creek Road traversing to the Reservation. The old Indian supply road is still etched into the side of the hill at the south end of Exxon Road which was later called Peter Hoe Road. Lockwood Flats was home of the Johnson Ranch. Just to the southeast of the ranch, one can find reminisces of Calvary camps as they stay in the area for a whole winter surveying the land for the federal government. The area known as Lockwood flats, became Lockwood.

Feel free to visit some Lockwood area historical pictures on  this website, If you have any historical pictures or images from the area, please feel to submit an image and caption/date along with it.