Clinic and Hospital:
Marias Healthcare Services provides medical care and promotes health and wellness in Shelby and the surrounding area. Family Physicians at Marias Healthcare provide full-spectrum family care. FQHC site.
Marias Medical Center provides primary, long-term care, assisted living and select specialty care to the people in north central Montana. the hospital is a combined 20-bed acute hospital with nursery, maternity rooms, ICU, CCU units and a 68-bed skilled nursing facility that provides restorative and rehabilitation care. Marias Medical Center has an emergency room, birthing room, and operating room, all equipped with the latest technology, including MDE Telemetry, a blood warmer, and Plum X-L IV pumps in patients' rooms. The ER has a physician on call 24-hours a day and a surgeon is available as needed as well as an anesthetist. Clinic physicians provide care to their patients in the hospital. Some physicians perform surgery at the hospital. Laprascopic, gynecological, obstetrical, and general surgical procedures are performed here, with approximately 350 total per year. Flexible endoscopy procedures are also performed at the center. Four of the physicians assist with deliveries at the hopsital.
Shelby was named after Peter P. Shelby, general manager of the Montana-Central Railroad. In 1891 the Great Northern was making its way to Marias Pass; the builders threw a box car from the train and called it a station. Shelby himself is believed to have said that Shelby wouldn't amount to much. He was wrong; Shelby grew into a distribution for a trade center for 50 miles in every direction.
Empire Builder at the Shelby Train Depot
In the late 1890s the town was a cowboy town with hardly any fences or homesteaders. By 1913 there were 5,000 entries for land in just one office. Homesteaders flooded into the area. The homesteaders suffered droughts and became very desperate. By the 1920s there was an exodus of homesteaders. In 1921 Gordon Campbell, a geologist, found oil that stretched all the way to the Canadian border. New life came to Shelby. Shelby is historically significant for the Dempsey-Gibbons World Heavyweight Championship prizefight held there on July 4, 1923. An excellent Indian artifact collection is on display at the Toole County Library.
Shelby is located in north central Montana, 36 miles from the Canadian border.
Shelby Chamber of Commerce: http://www.shelbymtchamber.org
Housing: Depending on availability, housing will be apartment-style, located either in the Heritage Center, Britton House, or at the hospital. Furthest housing option is located 8 blocks from the clinic.
The Marias River, named after Meriwether Lewis' cousin, winds its way through town, past the Marias Valley Golf Course and Country Club as well as Williamson Park, where camping and outdoor recreation can be found. While in town, visit the Marias Museum of History and Art for a look at area history, homesteading, a dinosaur collection and more. Nearby, the Sweet Grass Hills offer hiking and wildlife viewing, although they are almost exclusively on private property (434-7184). Deer, antelope, elk, foxes, golden eagles, grouse and the unique sweet grass can be seen in these hills. North of town, Lake Shel-oole offers camping and outdoor recreation (434-7184).
Shelby boasts numerous clubs, organizations and sporting groups for the entire family.
Shelby, MT climate is mild during summer when temperatures tend to be in the 60's and very cold during winter when temperatures tend to be in the 20's.
The warmest month of the year is August with an average maximum temperature of 80.00 degrees Fahrenheit, while the coldest month of the year is January with an average minimum temperature of 11.50 degrees Fahrenheit.
Temperature variations between night and day tend to be moderate during summer with a difference that can reach 28 degrees Fahrenheit, and moderate during winter with an average difference of 21 degrees Fahrenheit.
The annual average precipitation at Shelby is 11.04 Inches. Rainfall in is fairly evenly distributed throughout the year. The wettest month of the year is June with an average rainfall of 2.27 Inches.