New from Arcadia Publishing and local author, Ken Robison, is Fort Benton. The latest volume in the popular Postcard History Series.
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.
Highlights of Fort Benton:
• Most images are from the author’s private collection.
• Retraces the steps of Blackfoot Indians and their use of the natural ford at Fort Benton.
• Documents the steamboat era and Fort Benton’s building boom.
*All profits from this book will be donated to the Overholser Historical Research Center.
Available at area bookstores, independent retailers, and online retailers, or through Arcadia Publishing at (888)-313-2665 or www.arcadiapublishing.com.
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