Forsyth, the City of Trees, is located in a valley along the banks of the Yellowstone River. The community of about 1900 residents is diverse in job opportunities, activities, services, and attractions. Economic benefits come from tourism, agriculture, railroad, coal mining, and various small businesses.

Forsyth was named for General James W. Forsyth, who landed here from a river steamer before there was a town. With the abundant growth of cottonwood in the area, steamers often stopped to refuel their engines. The town was established in 1880 and earned its post office in 1882 when the Northern Pacific arrived. The opulent buildings located along Main Street reflect the wealth of Forsyth's early years. In 1910 the Milwaukee Railroad extended north into the Judith Basin opening a new territory for settlement and establishing Forsyth as a trading hub. The economy today is stilled fueled by the railroad.

The town is located along the Lewis and Clark Trail. In the exploration of the great Northwest Territory, Captain William Clark passed through what would become Rosebud County on July 28, 1806 en route down the Yellowstone River to meet Meriwether Lewis, who was traveling down the Missouri River.

Forsyth eventually became the county seat for Rosebud County, the fourth largest county in the state.

Forsyth residents share a vision to be...a Vibrant, Well-Kept Community that:
  • Supports Family Values
  • Fulfills Economic, Educational, and Social Needs, and
  • Provides a "HOMETOWN" quality of life

The town also has great schools, a library, hospital and nursing home, social and medical services, assisted living, River View Villa retirement living community, parks, and all essential services to compliment our great location along the Yellowstone River and I-94.

Plan to include Forsyth in your vacation plans (, or better yet, consider moving here for employment or business opportunities, or try retirement living and enjoy the view from River View Villa.