Sheridan / Laurin / Alder

Things To Do
Sheridan, Laurin, and Alder, Montana are located on Highway 287 between Twin Bridges, and Nevada City in Madison County. Chamber-wide information for our famous fishing, hunting, and back-country activities can be found on Outdoor Recreation page. Specific Historical information here. Search the Business Directory for everything from local entertainment, to guides and outfitters. Our Calendar provides information for special events and festivities..

  • Sheridan – unique shops and specialty coffee, weekly Farmer’s Markets, swimming pool, and for great visitor information, literature, and maps, visit the Sheridan Public Library. Special events and festivities are held throughout the summer and can be found by checking our Calendar.
  • Laurin – Tour the Poor Orphan Creamery. Stop in “The Tasting Room” to sample pairings of wine and locally produced cheese. Visit the infamous “Robbers Roost”, tour the Historical Register’s St. Mary’s Catholic Church, stretch your legs, and capture  the quaint essence of this beautiful area with your camera.
  • Alder – Gateway to the popular Ruby Reservoir, and the Upper Ruby. Tiny town, but all the essentials are available including gas, food, and lodging. In the short distance between Alder and Nevada City you can view the old dredging sites, and stop at roadside gem-venues to mine your own Montana garnets.

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Sheridan, Montana completed a total renovation of Main Street in 2015 and is an attractive community with a population of approximately 948 residents. Located at the heart of the Ruby Valley, Sheridan has a full service medical center, a nursing home, K-12 schools, a library, parks, and a public swimming pool. Check directory listings for details.

With a nice motel, several comfortable lodges, bed and breakfast inns, a gas station, and places to eat, Sheridan is popular place for outdoor recreationalists loving to fish, hunt, hike, and bike; or simply to soak-in the natural beauty of the Ruby Valley. Recreational access to Mill Creek and Branham Lakes is a direct drive north through town.

Drone View of Sheridan, Montana (video 5:09)

Sheridan Schools

Sheridan Schools, home of the Panthers, offer an extraordinary gifted and talented program which includes private voice and instrumentation, art Home of the Sheridan Panthersinstruction, Calculus and AP English, a senior internship and portfolio. In addition, our students are able to access many extra curricular opportunities including football, basketball, volleyball, track, archery, hunter’s safety, forensics, Close-Up, FCCLA, FFA, children’s theatre, Upward Bound, Big Brothers/Sisters, and an after school homework club.

  • Sheridan Elementary School offers a full curriculum in art, physical education, keyboarding, and music with beginning band offered in the fifth grade in addition to core classes. Students are able to take advantage of field trips exploring the Ruby Watershed and Artists in Residence.
  • Sheridan Middle School students take advantage of teachers highly qualified in individual subject areas with course offerings in family consumer science, art, agriculture, physical education, band and choir and Spanish, in addition to the core classes.
  • Sheridan High School students have the distinct advantage of course offerings in World Cultures, Agricultural Education, Construction, Family Consumer Science, Business Education and Theatre in addition to the core classes. Student graduates include Alumni:
  • Karen King (1972) – Professor at Harvard Divinity School
  • Clifford King (1980) – NoblePeak Vision Corporation was founded in December, 2002 by Dr. Clifford King. NoblePeak Vision won the 2007 Global Security Challenge and was named World’s Most Promising Security Tech Startup.
  • Tim Swager (1979) – Chair of Chemistry Department at MIT; winner of the 2007 Lemelson – MIT award.

Sheridan School Board meeting minutes – Website: Sheridan Schools Website –  Phone:(406) 842-5302

St. Mary's - Laurin, Montana, National Register of Historic Places
Historic Saint Mary Catholic Church at Laurin, Montana. Built in 1901, this church is on the National Register of Historic Places.


Outfitter business in Laurin Montana
Outfitter business in Laurin, Montana

Laurin, Montana  (pronounced la-ray), is located on the south side of Highway 287, a few miles west of Alder. This quaint turn-of-the-century village situated on the banks of the Ruby River, boasts a trophy trout stream, a historic Catholic church, and other architectural gems including nearby “Robber’s Roost”. Stop by Poor Orphan Creamery for information about tours, and The Tasting Room, to sample cheese pairings with wine, beer, and cider.


Chick's Restaurant in Alder, Montana
Chick’s Restaurant in Alder, Montana is a favorite with locals and visitors alike. Wall painting by well-known artist Marilyn Dwyer Mason from nearby Butte.

Alder’s early claim to fame was gold. The evidence of early dredging is still very evident along the creek between Alder and Nevada City. Today Alder is a tiny but vital town with a country school for grades 1-8, that does double duty for the Sunday morning crowd. The Volunteer Fire Department has a modern facility which doubles as a community gathering place. On the corner where you turn to head up the Ruby, the convenience store / Post Office is a handy place to top-off your gas, and get a cup of coffee. Across from the store is a great little restaurant called Chick’s. Chick’s motel shares the space with a small RV park. A KOA campground is just around the bend. Ruby Reservoir which was built early in the century to store irrigation water, is a popular summer and hunting season destination 10 miles up the Ruby Road. Ranching, one of the area’s earliest industries, continues as the community’s primary economic driver.

Alder School
Alder School, with cattle trailing past
Alder School in session with fall cattle drive passing by.

Alder is a small ranching community harboring a dedication to the rural school which is still educating our community’s children utilizing multi-level classrooms. Two hardworking teachers instruct 22 students in grade levels K-6. We are fully accredited through the 8th grade, but many students choose to attend one of the larger schools in the area to more easily accommodate extra-curricular activities and athletics beginning with the 7th grade. A private grant has allowed the school to offer specialty classes such as Art, Music, Spanish and Technology.

Students participate in the rural spelling bee, science fair, track meet and micro-teaching classes which are in cooperation with the University of Montana-Western in Dillon. Field trips are a must for any hands-on learning and Alder school has visited the Museum of the Rockies, Lewis & Clark Caverns, Gates of the Mountains, and our state Capitol, Helena, among others. If you are interested in learning more about Alder’s School unique learning opportunities, please contact the school at 406-842-5285.