Puttin’ You Some Knowledge November 19, 2016Posted by Sobek in News.
Like many of you, I’ve often wondered why Westby, a town on the eastern most edge of Montana, has the name Westby, instead of something like, say, Eastby. The answer, as with so many things in life, is alcohol:
Danish settlers came up with the name by combining the word west, which noted the town’s location in extreme western North Dakota, with the word by, Danish for town. The town remained in North Dakota until 1914, when it was moved slightly across the border so as to be next to a newly built branch line of the Soo Line Railroad and in a state that permitted the sale of alcohol.
I’m guessing here that one of those two factors was more important than the other.