Fort Benton

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Fort Benton, the head of navigation on the Missouri River, is known as the "Birthplace of Montana." Its history spans every era in Montana's development. Founded in 1846 as a fur-trading post, it is Montana's oldest continuous settlement. Arrival of the first steamboats and completion of the Mullan Road in 1860 heralded the steamboat era, bringing gold seekers, merchant princes, scoundrels, soldiers, North West Mounted Police, and eventually women and children to the wild frontier. Then came the railroads, open-range ranching, and homesteaders by the thousands. Today Fort Benton serves the agricultural Golden Triangle and presents its colorful history through cultural tourism.
ISBN: 9780738570280
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Montana
Series: Postcard History Series
Images: 218
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Ken Robison is historian at the Overholser Historical Research Center (OHRC) in Fort Benton. He is a trustee of the River and Plains Society and Museum Complex and a retired navy captain. Postcards in this book are from Ken's personal collection, the OHRC, and the Tom Mulvaney Collection.
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