Deer Lodge

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In the language of the Shoshone, Sacagawea's people, the Deer Lodge Valley was it-soo-ke-en-carne. The name referred to a lodge-shaped mound—a natural salt lick where deer gathered. By the early 1800s, French-Canadian trappers and traders were exploring the valley's river (now known as the Clark Fork River) and its tributaries. The Shoshone name was translated into French as la loge du chevreuil. Soon, as Montana's gold rush began, traders from Fort Hall in southern Idaho settled here. The town became Spanish Fork, Cottonwood, La Barge City, and finally the Shoshone name returned, now in English, as Deer Lodge.
ISBN: 9780738570785
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Montana
Series: Images of America
Images: 191
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Tapping the extensive archives of the Powell County Museum, the Grant-Kohrs Ranch, and private collections, Deer Lodge historian Lyndel Meikle presents the story of this mountain town, along with the massive Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site and the Old Montana Prison. Today the historic prison and ranch rest like bookends south and north of this pioneer town, wherein the story of early Montana can be read.
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